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Wagenseil earns NSF grant to study mechanical factors in development of arteries

Jessica Wagenseil, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at the School of Engineering & Applied Science, recently received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study mechanical factors in development of the body’s large arteries.

Jessica Wagenseil

Wagenseil will determine how hemodynamic forces during embryonic development can affect the assembly of elastic fibers in arteries, as well as overall arterial wall maturation. The research results may be used to improve clinical interventions or tissue engineering protocols to encourage better arterial function.