Emily Mihalko


I am a PhD graduate student in the BME department at NC State/UNC, a GAANN Fellow in Molecular Biotechnology at NC State, and an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellow conducting research in the AWH lab. My research interests focus on developing fibrin-targeting microgels to be used as therapeutics and drug carriers to treat thrombotic and bleeding disorders, such as myocardial infarction and disseminated intravascular coagulation, a complication from various diseases, surgery, and trauma.  I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering and concentration in cellular engineering. As an undergraduate, I conducted research at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine in the Thoracic Aortic Disease Research Laboratory where we focused on characterizing cellular and molecular mechanisms governing aortic disease. I also was a summer 2015 REU intern at Syracuse Biomaterials Institute where I studied the biocompatibility of a drug-releasing vascular graft material. Outside of the lab, I enjoy being active outdoors, running, traveling, watching my hometown teams, the Steelers or Penguins, at Sammy’s, and hanging out with friends and family.