Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
rakannan (at) umich (dot) edu
Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon
Education: BS in Biological Engineering, Oregon State University, 2017
Research interests: My research interests lie at the intersection of immunology, tissue engineering, and biomaterials. A shift in understanding about the diverse roles of macrophages and emphasis on the importance of biophysical cues has opened up a lot of exciting questions in this area. For my graduate work, I use mouse models and microparticles to study the role of macrophages in bone regeneration and macrophage behavior in response to apoptotic cellular and biophysical cues. I aim to expand our understanding of macrophage behavior in the context of regenerative medicine.
Outside interests: I enjoy rock climbing (indoors), hiking/backpacking, learning new languages, reading, and watching TV.