Congratulations to Katelyn Kunert (BIOE '22) who received the ASPIRE Award from MTech! This award will support her research during the fall 2019 semester. Great job, Katelyn!
Dr. Stroka has received the Fischell Department of Bioengineering's Faculty Teaching Award for the second year in a row! Thank you to the department for the support and recognition!
Congratulations to Dr. Kelsey Gray, who successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation today! Kelsey is the second member of the Stroka lab to defend!
Kelsey's dissertation was focused on developing and using a novel software program to understand the effects of cell-cell junction phenotype on barrier function of the brain endothelium, the mechanobiology of brain endothelial cells, and the response of brain endothelial cells to biochemical cues involved in breast cancer metastasis. Kelsey has published her dissertation work in 5 journal articles, with 4 more papers in preparation. She has presented her work at 8 national and international conferences, including the BMES and CMBE annual meetings, American Society for Matrix Biology, and 19th International Signal Transduction at the Blood-Brain Barriers Symposium in Copenhagen, Denmark. Kelsey is a recipient of the Fischell Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering, which generously provided a full 5 years of funding for her PhD work. She has won numerous awards throughout her career as a PhD student, including national awards (CMBE Shooting Star Award, BMES Career Development Award, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention) as well as awards from the UMD Grad School (Mabel S. Spencer Award for Excellence in Graduate Achievement, Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Goldhaber Travel Award, International Conference Student Support Award). Kelsey also won second place in UMD’s Three-Minute Thesis Competition and is a Clark School of Engineering Future Faculty Fellow. Kelsey served as President of the Bioengineering Graduate Student Society (BGSS) for two years, and served as Vice President of Academic Affairs for BGSS for one year. Kelsey has also been a dedicated mentor to many students in the Stroka Lab and through other department and campus programs.
Fantastic job, and congratulations Dr. Gray!
A new collaborative paper with Dr. Amy Karlsson's lab (UMD ChemE) has been accepted for publication in the AIChE Journal! PhD student Mary Doolin was second author on this work, and Zifan Gong from the Karlsson lab was first author. The paper, titled, "Role of charge and hydrophobicity in translocation of cell-penetrating peptides into Candida albicans cells" was invited to be a part of the upcoming special issue on the "Future of Chemical Engineering."
Congratulations to Dr. Marina Pranda, who has recently accepted a position as Lecturer in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering here at UMD! Marina defended her PhD in June and we are excited to have her stay with the department in her new role!
We are excited that Dr. Stroka has been named a 2019 Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Young Innovator! A huge thank to CMBE for this honor!
The team's paper, titled "Tumor cell mechanosensing during incorporation into the brain microvascular endothelium" will be included in the upcoming Young Innovator Issue of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. PhD students Marina Pranda and Kelsey Gray co-first-authored this work, along with PhD student Ariana DeCastro, and undergraduate student researchers Greg Dawson and Jae Jung. Awesome work, everyone!
Congratulations to Ph.D. student, Mary Doolin, whose paper, titled "Integration of mesenchymal stem cells into a novel micropillar confinement assay," has been accepted in Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods! This paper will be included in an upcoming special issue on Methods in Biomechanics and Mechanobiology for Tissue Repair and Regeneration, guest edited by Dr. Stroka and Dr. Cynthia Reinhart-King. Great job, Mary!
Our paper has been accepted for publication in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering! Congrats to co-authors Marina Pranda and Kelsey Gray, along with co-authors Ariana DeCastro, Greg Dawson, and Jae Jung. Great job, everyone!
Read the paper here.
PhD student Kelsey Gray presented a poster at the 2019 Cerebral Vascular Biology Conference in Miami, FL, this week. Her poster was titled, "Quantifying brain endothelial cell-cell junction presentation: Investigating the role of cyclic-AMP and substrate composition." Kelsey presented new results using our recently-published Junction Analyzer Program (JAnaP).
Congratulations to PhD student Ariana DeCastro, who successfully passed her Research Aptitude Exam today! This marks the first of several key milestones in our department's PhD program. Congratulations, Ariana, and great job!