The Fischell Department of Bioengineering at UMD will be hosting an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, starting this summer! Information about the program, available projects, and link to the application can be found here. If you are an undergraduate student seeking a summer research opportunity, please check this out, or if you know someone looking for one, please pass it along.
We thank the National Science Foundation for supporting this program! Dr. Ian White is PI on the grant, and Dr. Stroka is co-PI.
Undergraduate researcher Thea Ornstein (BIOE '19) has been selected to receive the ASPIRE fellowship for the spring 2018 semester for her proposal on investigating how physical confinement alters nuclear deformation in cells. Congrats, Thea!
This week Dr. Stroka, Kelsey, Marina, Mary, and Becca participated in the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference in Key Largo, FL.
Congratulations to PhD student Kelsey Gray, who received the Shooting Star Award from CMBE, along with a travel award! As part of the award, she presented a talk, which was titled, "Electrodeposition of PEG-Hyaluronan-Gelatin Hydrogels to Spatiotemporally Control Cell Matrices for Mechanobiological Study."
In addition, PhD students Marina Shumakovich, Mary Doolin, and Becca Moriarty presented posters on their research at the meeting. Great job to all!
Mary's paper on the effects of confinement on mesenchymal stem cell migration has been accepted for publication in the journal Cytoskeleton! Congrats, Mary! Stay tuned for a link to the paper once it's been published.
PhD student Kelsey Gray has been selected for the Clark School of Engineering Future Faculty Program! Over the next 1.5 years, Kelsey will have the opportunity to participate in a number of seminars on topics related to obtaining and maintaining a faculty position, and she will also complete a teaching and mentoring practicum. Congrats, Kelsey!
Read more about the Future Faculty Program here.
Congratulations to Mary Doolin, who passed her PhD proposal today and officially advanced to candidacy! We are looking forward to Mary's exciting work continuing in the area of mesenchymal stem cell mechanobiology! Fantastic job, Mary!
Today Kelsey Gray was recognized for being chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Mabel S. Spencer Award for Excellence in Graduate Achievement. Kelsey was chosen earlier this year as the Mabel Spencer Award winner (see earlier news post here) and was formally recognized today by the Spencer sisters and the UMD Grad School at a special ceremony attended by members of the Spencer family, UMD community, and Kelsey's family. Congratulations again to Kelsey, and a huge THANK YOU to the Spencer family for your support!
Last night I (Dr. Stroka) was thrilled and honored to receive the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the Maryland Academy of Sciences! The awards ceremony was held at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore.
THANK YOU to the Maryland Academy of Sciences, Maryland Science Center, and the generous gift from Reverend Frank R. Haig to support the award.
THANK YOU to our Department Chair, Dr. John Fisher, for nominating me for this award!
THANK YOU to all of my mentors throughout the years, including faculty at Denison University where I began my journey as a scientist, Dr. Helim Aranda-Espinoza (PhD advisor), Dr. Kostas Konstantopoulos (Postdoc advisor), Dr. Bill Bentley, Dr. John Fisher, my labmates through the years, the current students in my lab, my family, and so many others who have mentored, supported, and encouraged me throughout the years. Nothing would be possible without these people!
Read the press release from the Maryland Science Center here.
Read more about the OYS/OYE Award and recipients here.
Read the UMD BIOE news story here.
Check out Dr. Stroka in UMD's GradTerp magazine's "Where are they now?" here.
Also check out an article in the Capital Gazette here.
Also check out this video (put together by the Maryland Science Center) about the Stroka Lab for this event!