In our research, custom 3D microfluidic platforms will be used to delineate the complex chemical and mechanical cues of the cancer microenvironment. The microfluidic assays developed in this lab provide an innovative toolbox of physiologically relevant in vitromodels to probe cell-cell and cell-ECM interactions involved in angiogenesis and tumor metastasis. Most importantly, these models allow selective incorporation of specific complexities of cancerous tissues, such as matrix stiffness, flow, and different cell types. My project will use these platforms to study critical pathways in tumorigenesis.
I graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2011 with a B.E. in Chemical Engineering. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Cornell. My favorite hobbies are ultimate frisbee, biking, and adventuring, and I hope to begin kite boarding in the spring.