Claire (Martin) Witherel
International Research and Education in Engineering (IREE) Program 2010
Whitaker International Fellow to the United Kingdom 2013-14
Biomedical Engineering PhD Candidate
Claire is a first year PhD student and a recent graduate (June '12) of Drexel's BS/MS Biomedical Engineering program. With the Whitaker Fellowship, Claire will travel to the University of Manchester, UK to work with Dr. Adeshir Bayat, a clinician/researcher and expert in the wound healing field. The overall purpose of her research is to establish a multi-institutional collaboration between Drexel University’s Biomaterial and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory (PI: Dr. Kara Spiller), University of Manchester and Integra LifeSciences, to design and evaluate a biomaterial scaffold that will facilitate enhanced tissue regeneration in severe wounds by targeting the macrophage.
This will be Claire's second time conducting research abroad; during her pre-junior year at Drexel, she traveled to Shanghai, China to collaborate with Drs. Yilin Cao and Wei Liu at the Shanghai Key Tissue Engineering Laboratory at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Claire plans to finish her PhD and maintain an active leadership role within industry and academia to drive ongoing partnership and innovation in the biomedical engineering community.