Emily Jackson

Department: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Graduate Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Advisor: Hang Lu, PhD and Todd McDevitt, PhD

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Research Summary:

My work involves developing microfluidic techniques for stem cell culture and analysis and stem cell encapsulation. Microfluidics allow for high-throughput and high-resolution screening of cells, as well as precise temporal and spatial control of the cellular environment.

Differentiating embryonic stem cell aggregates provide an in vitro context for observing processes that occur during embryonic development and can also serve as a platform for directed differentiation of cells for therapeutic purposes. I am developing microfluidic-based technologies that enhance capabilities for culturing and analyzing stem cell aggregates. These technologies will help provide new insights into specific biological processes governing stem cell differentiation


I received my Bachelor of Science degree in chemical-biological engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012. At MIT, I performed research in the lab of Dr. Narendra Maheshri, studying the dynamics of gene transcription in Saccharomyces cerevisiae by precise temporal control of transcription factor activity. I also worked with Dr. Klavs Jensen, developing a microfluidic platform for vector-free intracellular delivery. At the Leibniz-Insitut für Analytische Wissenschaften in Dortmund, Germany, I spent a summer working with Dr. Jonathan West, developing a microfluidic device for compartmentalized and interconnected neuronal co-cultures. Additionally, I spent two summers working as an engineering research and development intern at Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine, CA. I am now pursuing my Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the lab of Dr. Hang Lu, applying microfluidic techniques to stem cell culture and analysis.

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