Denise Sullivan

Department: Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Program: BioEngineering

Advisor: Todd McDevitt, PhD

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Research Summary:

She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Emory University and Georgia Tech. She will be investigating the use of incorporated microparticles within embryoid bodies to better understand ESC response to specific cues from signaling molecules and surrounding environment.


Denise graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 2007. At USC, she worked in the lab of Dr. James Blanchette, which focused on the use of biomaterials to create a novel insulin delivery system for diabetic patients. Her contribution focused on the process of cell encapsulation and determining the optimal conditions that would allow encapsulated insulin producing cells to function. Additionally, she performed research in the differentiation of adipose derived stem cells down osteogenic pathways in response to various oxygen concentrations. She completed her senior thesis on virtual controlled robotic surgery.

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