Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
elizsta (at) umich (dot) edu
Hometown: Lumberton, North Carolina
BS in Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, 2022
Research interests: My interest in mechanobiology and tissue engineering was sparked by one of my first research experiences where I was intrigued by the changes in cell morphology and adhesion I elicited using simple 2D polyacrylamide gels of different stiffnesses. I continued exploring this interest with my undergraduate work that focused on the role of mechanical stress in metastatic cancer biology and used photochemical modulation strategies to develop a 3D hydrogel model of varying stiffnesses. For my graduate research in the Baker Lab, I am excited to use biomaterials with tunable physical properties and microfluidic platforms to probe interactions between cells and their microenvironment during processes such as angiogenesis. Overall, I hope to leverage insight gained from these in vitro models to drive fundamental questions about cellular behavior and address translational challenges with vascularizing biomaterial implants and engineered tissues.
Outside of lab interests: I enjoy exploring downtown Ann Arbor and the trails along the Huron River, spending time with friends and family, and being entirely too invested in Michigan and UNC football and basketball.