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Michele Jen, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2007)
M.S. Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University (2011)

Contact: m-jen at northwestern.edu

Research interests: Substrate-mediated gene delivery for vascular tissue engineering

Direct protein delivery from scaffolds generally poses several challenges such as limited protein loading capacity onto scaffolds, decreased effectiveness of the protein for extended periods, and altered protein function due to immobilization techniques onto scaffolds. For these reasons, much attention has been paid to gene delivery as an alternative approach by allowing the transfected seeded or infiltrating cells to express the desired protein for prolonged periods. The goal of this project is to use poly(1,8 octanedio-co-citrate) as a substrate-mediated gene delivery system for vascular tissue engineering.

Selected Awards / Honors:
  • American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate Predoctoral Fellowship (2012)
  • NIH Biotechnology Program Fellowship (2010)
  • Northwestern University Professional Development Award  (2009)

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