Douglas Awarded American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship

Alison Douglas, graduste student in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, and past Stem Cell Manufacturing IGERT trainee, was awarded a 2 year predoctoral research fellowship from the American Heart Association this week.  
 
Douglas's research, in Tom Barker's lab, focuses on novel methods to impart rapid cell invasion of clinically available fibrin polymers, such as Tisseel and Evicel, with the explicit purpose of enhancing tissue regeneration within this product.  
 
Currently these products, as sold, are completely inhibitory of cell invasion to the point of inducing foreign body scarring responses.  Douglas's early data strongly suggest a potential breakthrough in the design of fibrin polymers that maintain clinically-relevant macroscopic strength while displaying microscopic softness associated with efficient cell invasion.  
 
This work is in collaboration with Andrew Lyon in Chemistry and Alberto Fernandez de las Nieves in Physics.