Kirsten Parratt

Department: School of Material Science Engineering

Graduate Program: BioEngineering

Advisor: Krishnendu Roy, PhD

Lab Website

Research Summary:

Directing a single human stem cell population to differentiate into specific zonal phenotypes of articular chondrocytes by manipulating the material composition of hydrogel scaffolds. 

The goal of this project is to identify unique hydrogel compositions which direct human adipose derived stem cells (ADSCs) to differentiate into specific phenotypes. Specifically, I aim to produce multi-layered hydrogel constructs that direct a single human stem cell population to differentiate into the zonal variations found in native cartilage tissue. 

Biosketch:

Kirsten graduated from Princeton University in June 2013 with a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering with certificates in Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering Biology. Her past research involved work on the nanomechanical properties of organic thin films in nacre in the lab of Nan Yao, PhD, studying the mechanical and rheological properties of polymers in genetically engineered switchgrass in the lab of Charles Frazier, PhD, and examining the structure-function relationships in organic solar cells and field-effect transistors in the lab of Lynne Loo, PhD.