Please provide your lab and description of research.
I am part of Farshid Guilak's lab. My research involves tissue engineering cartilage for the replacement of damaged and diseased tissues. Specifically, I am trying to understand the molecular mechanisms in which cells within this tissue respond to inflammation and utilizing this to guide anti-inflammatory therapies.

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
University of Missouri

What played into your decision to get a graduate engineering degree?

A combination of an amazing undergraduate research mentor and the desire to learn more about the field of biomedical engineering solidified my decision to pursue a graduate engineering degree.

Why did you pick WashU?
I transferred to WashU from Duke University when Guilak moved his lab, so I didn't exactly pick WashU. Instead, I'll answer what I really like about WashUWhat I like the most about WashU is the supportive and collaborative research environment, as well as the many opportunities for growth outside of the lab.

What advice would you give to a new student?
I would say get involved in activities and groups that interest you sooner rather than later. You will make friends, get to know faculty, and have opportunities and support that are hard to find on your own.

What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?
Forest Park

What campus activities or groups would you recommend to a new student?
I have really enjoyed working with the BME doctoral council. I also recently joined BALSA, and it has been a great experience so far.

Are there any not-for-profit agencies that you have volunteered or worked with?
BALSA

What are your plans for the future?
I am hoping to graduate and find a job in industry in the next year.