Hydrogel-delivery of mesenchymal stem cells to modulate the local immune environment and direct bone repair
Karen's research aims to evaluate the effects of MSC co-delivery on temporal shifts in immune cell recruitment to and phenotype within synthetic PEG-4MAL hydrogels upon dorsal injection in immunocompetent mouse models. Additionally, she is working to engineer PEG-4MAL hydrogels that promote MSC immunomodulatory and tissue repair properties within murine bone defect models.
Karen earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 2016. She is currently pursuing a PhD in bioengineering (ME home school) and is an NSF GRFP fellow.