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Drexel faculty mentor: Kara Spiller
Emily recently received her PhD in biomedical engineering. Emily became fascinated with how the human body responds to biomaterial implantation as an undergraduate student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. To pursue this interest, Emily worked in Drexel's Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory focusing on designing a novel drug delivery system to control the inflammatory response to heart valve replacement implantation. Emily worked with leading experts in the heart valve tissue engineering field in the Netherlands to optimize and test her drug delivery system both on the benchtop and in a novel small animal model. Outside of research, Emily is passionate about promoting STEM fields by acting as a mentor in the Biomedical Summer Academy as well as a member of the Drexel Women in Science and Engineering.