BMES Diversity Spotlight Member:
Josephine Allen, PhD
University of Florida
Receipient of NSF CAREER Award
Title of Award: CAREER: Biomolecular Engineering Approach to Controlling Cell Processes
This proposal seeks to develop a new strategy to control cellular processes through the use of highly tunable small molecules termed, aptamers. If successful, the proposed studies will advance our understanding of the fundamental science involved in controlling cellular behavior, and have a significant impact on the field of tissue engineering. Education and outreach activities have been integrated with the proposed research and involve providing hands-on research experience to students in local middle and high school, the creation of online educator resources which will be available to K-12 teachers nationwide, as well as outreach to underrepresented minority undergraduate students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).