My name is Matthew Shirley from Bowie, MD. I graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I was in the renowned UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars Program and held distinctions from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Along with these distinctions I was selected to participate in bioengineering-related research experiences at Duke University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Pittsburgh. I was also an active member in NSBE and the ACS.
I began my PhD in 2017 and am a third year doctoral student in Biomedical Engineering working under Dr. Margaret Wheatley in the Microencapsulation Lab. My current research focuses on formulating and developing micro-scale vehicles for targeted drug delivery with theragnostic capabilities. Specifically, I am looking to engineer a biocompatible, injectable polymer microbubble by exploiting the drug delivery potential of ultrasound contrast agents combined with nanoparticles.
I have been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, a fellowship dedicated to supporting doctoral students with the potential to be future leaders in STEM. I was also selected for the GEM Fellowship and was inducted into Alpha Eta Mu Beta, the National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society. I am on the executive board for the Drexel Black Graduate Student Union and the Drexel Biomedical Graduate Association, as well as a mentor in the BIOMED Summer Academy for High School Students.
With an anticipated graduation date of June 2022, I hope to transition into industry research and development.