Please provide your lab and description of research.

The biomedical engineering lab in orthopedic biomechanics led by Matthew Silva. My dissertation research is aimed at understanding the role that cell-derived factors play in bone regeneration during healing.

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?

University of Missouri-Columbia

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

My natural curiosity, love of undergraduate research and desire to teach students.

Why did you pick WashU?

It is one of the best biomedical and orthopedic research institutions in the country. Also, I am from St. Louis, so being close to home was nice.

What was your favorite course and why?

Orthopedic Biomechanics, because it gave me the knowledge I needed to understand the complex mechanical behavior of bone. Also, Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics, because it widened my understanding of fatigue-based mechanisms of damage, and I applied it to my own research.

Who is your favorite instructor and why?

Lori Setton. Setton uses a lot of engaging and collaborative learning techniques in her classroom such as problem-based learning and student-led lectures. In addition, she is a great mentor who wants students to use extracurricular clubs and groups to further their career goals.

What advice would you give to a new student?

Talk to older undergraduate and graduate students in the programs to learn how to get the most out of your education.

What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?

Free venues in Forest Park that showcase the region's rich culture and arts.

What campus activities or groups would you recommend to a new student?

PROSPER, Balsa, the Young Scientist Program and the Teaching Center.

What are your plans for the future?

Postdoctoral studies and an engineering faculty position.