Professor and Vice Chair of Biomedical Engineering
Harvey D. Spangler Faculty Scholar
H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellow
Faculty Director, WISE Residential Program
8531 WIMR II
(608) 265-4052 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown: Birmingham, Michigan
Education: B.S. (Chemical Engineering) University of Michigan; Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering) Rice University
Lab website: http://masterslab.engr.wisc.edu
My lab makes 3D tissue-engineered environments to mimic various diseases such as cancer, age-related macular degeneration, and heart valve calcification. Using these engineered environments, we try to understand how diseases progress through different stages, and identify potential treatments to stop their progression.What is your passion?
What advice do you have for undergrads, grads, postdocs seeking careers in STEM fields? Learning! I know that sounds hokey, but I love having a job where I get to discover and learn new things every day.
What advice do you have for undergrads, grads, postdocs seeking careers in STEM fields? Mistakes and failure are normal parts of the learning process. Failing at a task is not a reflection of your intelligence or ability to pursue a STEM career – it’s an opportunity to just keep on learning, growing, and challenging yourself. Some of my lab’s best discoveries have emerged from failed experiments or incorrect hypotheses.
Are you involved in any outreach programs (campus, state, or national)? I am the Faculty Director for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) residential learning community, which performs many outreach activities. My lab also hosts outreach visits by local organizations (e.g., Boys and Girls Club, etc.).
What do you like to do when you’re away from work? I really love spending time with my two daughters. Once upon a time (i.e., pre-kids), I was also an avid rock climber and spent a year just traveling the world and climbing.