Amy Clark

Department: George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Program: BioEngineering

Advisor: Andrés García, PhD

Lab Website

Research Summary:

Cell-based strategies have emerged as promising therapies for the treatment of diseased organs, but inadequate control of cell fate and cell engraftment in host tissues limits the success of this cell-based therapy. The objective of this project is to engineer bioartificial hydrogels presenting integrin-specific ligands to create biomimetic niches for hMSC differentiation as well as cell delivery vehicles for enhanced in vivo engraftment and function.

Biosketch:

I graduated from the University of Florida in May 2010 with a Bachelors of Science degree in mechanical engineering and minors in biomechanics and anthropology. While at UF, I was an active member in the engineering society Tau Beta Pi, a recipient of the Sam Walton Community Scholarship, and a recipient of the Bright Futures scholarship award 2006-2010.

 

I am currently a third-year graduate research assistant at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the bioengineering program and school of mechanical engineering. I joined the Cellular and Biomaterials Engineering Laboratory of Dr. Andrés García in September 2010 and have been researching the effect of integrin-specific hydrogels on mesenchymal stem cell differentiation. As a first year graduate student,  achievements include Georgia Tech's Presidential Fellowship, NSF IGERT fellowship, and NSF GRFP honorable mention. In my second year, I completed a bioengineering internship at Draper Laboratory in Tampa, FL and after completing the two year IGERT fellowship, am currently a NIH Cell and Tissue Engineering Trainee.