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Karen Martin

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.