Class of 2014
Education: Blended BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering
Jennifer was interested in stem cell research and applied for the CIRM program because she believed that stem cells are the potential solution to curing diseases that many thought were incurable. She wanted to help patients looking for an answer and improve their quality of life. Her interests were in stem cells as they relate to muscle regeneration and tissue engineering and in hematopoietic stem cells. After graduating and completing the CIRM program, she was excited to take the skills she had gained and either further her education or pursue a career in field of regenerative medicine.
She was working at Stanford University in the Thomas Rando Lab which is in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences. Her project aimed at discovering treatments for diseases related to muscular dysfunction such as muscular dystrophy and volumetric muscle loss due to events like traumatic injury. Her role in the project centered around recapitulating the artificial muscle stem cell niche and tissue engineering artificial skeletal muscle constructs for the purposes of in vivo implantation; these constructs incorporate the paradigm of tissue engineering, utilizing biologically derived scaffolds and the regenerative properties of muscle stem cells. She was also incorporating 3D printing technology into the synthesis of the aforementioned muscle constructs with the hopes to one day fully bioprint skeletal muscle.
After graduating, Jen obtained a position as a product engineer at Nitinol Devices & Components.
Jennifer, presenting her Internship Research at the 2014 CIRM Trainee Meeting.