Mentor: Dr. Chelsey Simmons
College of Engineering
"I got involved with research to experience a hands-on application of the concepts learned in my classes. Making connections between the research lab and the classroom helps strengthen understanding of idea, and provides different angles to attack problems experienced in both settings."
- Sunshine State Scholar 2013
- Florida Academic Top Scholar 2014
- University Scholars Program 2016
- Biomedical Engineering Society
- Golden Key
Hobbies and Interests
- Video Games
Biomimetic Substrates for Mechanobiology Investigations of Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer currently has the lowest five-year survival rates, as low as 1% during later stages. Understanding how pancreatic cancer cell growth and migration contributes to tumor growth will help advance treatment development . However, this requires greater understanding of the effects tumor microenvironments have on pancreatic cells. Using a custom indentation system to characterize tumors, we can optimize biomimetic hydrogels to match these specific mechanical properties for future experiments with patient-specific cancer cells and stromal cells.