NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) 2011-12
Biomedical Engineering PhD Candidate
I grew up in Concord MA, and went to Concord Carlisle Regional High School. I graduated from Hofstra University in 2008 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering, and a minor in Mathematics. While at Hofstra I played all four years for the Division 1 Men's Lacrosse team. My senior year I was awarded the CAA Playoffs All-Star award. After graduation I worked for a year at a Biotech company called SBH Sciences in Natick MA. Upon admission to Drexel University I immediately started working in Dr. Lelkes' lab on the lung tissue engineering and regenerative medicine project. I have spent two years so far working on isolating adult stem cells from the lung. Other work I have conducted has involved lung decellularization, and embryonic stem cell differentiation towards lung. The title of the research proposal that was accepted by the NASA GSRP is: "Enhanced Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells in NASA-Developed Rotating Wall Vessel for Pulmonary Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine". I will be funded for 1 year with $30,000, and will be given a $6,000 stipend to spend 10 weeks down at the Johnson Space Center in Houston TX. My mentor at NASA is DR. David Wolf: physician, engineer, astronaut, and the inventor of the RWV. The fellowship allows for renewal up to 3 years.