“I hope to become an influence for young women to gain confidence and become involved in STEM fields.”
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
Year: Second-year master's student
Program: Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Ed Sander, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, professor of biomedical engineering
What do you do at the University?
I joined the Multi-scale Mechanics, Mechanobiology, and Tissue Engineering (3MT) Lab at the beginning of my program and have loved getting involved with research. I also had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for the Biomedical Engineering Senior Design course last year, managing the lab space and helping with projects. This past summer I dove a little deeper into my research role and began working as a graduate research assistant.
What do you work on and what do you enjoy most about your work?
Currently, I am studying keratinocyte migration patterns regarding wound healing. This includes tracking cells on different substrates to quantify cell aggregation. I am also looking to collaborate with an orthopedic-based project involving the effects of arthroscopy procedures in the joint capsule and specifically with cartilage. I enjoy the proximity and collaborative opportunities that we have with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Q: What achievements are you most proud of?
A few achievements I am proud of are earning a full athletic scholarship (for basketball at Iowa State University), obtaining a mechanical engineering undergraduate degree while concurrently playing Division I basketball, being a volunteer and positive influence in my community, being accepted to graduate school and pursing my passion here at Iowa, and most recently, completing my first sprint triathlon.
What are your goals for the future? What do you hope to be doing professionally in 10 years?
After completion of my program, I plan to re-enter industry. My goal is to work in research and development at an orthopedic device company. In 10 years, I hope that I have become an established and integral member of my company helping develop new technologies in the biomedical field.