Melissa Goude

Department: Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Program: BioEngineering

Advisor: Johnna Temenoff, PhD & Todd McDevitt, PhD

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Research Summary:

Investigating the effects of incorporating sulfated glycosaminoglycan and growth factors in 3D mesenchymal stem cell aggregates on chondrogenic differentiation.


Melissa Goude graduated with a Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) from the University of Florida in 2011 and was named the Gator Engineering Scholar of the College of Engineering class of 2011. At UF, she studied materials engineering with a specialization in biomaterials. In her freshmen year, Melissa studied the tissue response to inflammatory stimulus using hyperspectral imaging with Dr. Brian Sorg (Department of Biomedical Engineering). She then participated in a summer REU at Cornell University to investigate the effects of extracellular matrix biomechanical properties on the differentiation of heart progenitor cells under the guidance of Dr. Jonathan Butcher (Department of Biomedical Engineering). For her senior thesis, Melissa worked with Dr. Anthony Brennan (Department of Materials Science and Engineering) on the characterization of collagen-bioactive glass composites for treating osteomyelitis. Melissa is currently pursuing a PhD in biomedical engineering. She is co-advised by Dr. Johnna Temenoff and Dr. Todd McDevitt.

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