I am a BME PhD student and my main focus is developing biomimetic microgel platforms for investigating cell mechanotranduction mechanisms. I graduated from Lehigh University in May of 2015 with a bachelors degree in Bioengineering with the specialty of cell and tissue engineering. While at Lehigh, a large portion of my undergraduate independent research was spent on studying the mechanotransduction abilities of the glycocalyx layer of endothelial cells. I presented this independent research at the 2015 BMES Annual Conference in San Antonio poster presentations and to have my research submitted to be published in the American Journal of Physiology – Cell Physiology. I have always had an interest in microbiology and regenerative medicine so I am excited to use my past experience and knowledge on mechanotransduction and apply it to a new problem. When I am not in the lab, I can usually be found at the gym, cooking, or relaxing on my computer playing games with my brothers and friends.