Research areas include development and characterization of soft materials, neural tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, interstitial fluid flow, cell-matrix / cell-cell interactions, and the tumor microenvironment
Our group is motivated by the clinical need to create effective therapies to repair the injured nervous system. Towards this end, we develop and use benchtop models of neural tissue and cancer in which to identify therapeutically relevant cell-matrix and cell-cell interactions. We then re-engineer these interactions into implantable biomaterials for controlling and remodelling the response to injury. A second division of the lab is researching the role of pathological changes to biophysical forces in trauma, such as interstitial fluid flow, towards developing new strategies for neuroprotection and repair.
BS University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 2011
PhD University of Texas at Austin, 2015
Postdoctoral Training: University of Virginia / Virginia Tech, 2015-2019