Marshall Lauren 1Lauren Marshall, a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student, has been awarded an eight-week Whitaker International Scholar Summer Grant. The grant will allow Marshall to further her research in Ireland where she hopes to work on fibrin microsphere and lipoplex fabrication techniques. Marshall's proposed research project will use fibrin microshpheres as a gene delivery system to functionalize breast cancer tissue volume. She will spend eight weeks studying in Galway, Ireland.The Whitaker International Scholar Summer Grants Program provides the top 40 U.S. bioengineers and biomedical engineers funding to pursue a summer of high-quality research, internship in an industry setting or course work relevant to their field of focus in biomedical engineering, in an international setting.

“I am very excited to work with others, who have a different educational background than myself, and learn how research is done differently outside the United States,” said Marshall.

The goal of Marshall’s research project is to create a human breast cancer tissue mimic to accelerate identification of safe and efficacious breast cancer drug therapies. Her project will span her master’s thesis and her doctoral dissertation.

Marshall is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Society and works in the lab of her mentor, Dr. Joel Berry, an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.