Kate Barteau, Ph.D. is a researcher in the BioInspired Materials Lab at UW Madison. With a background in development of polymeric materials, including multiple papers and patent in new polymer technologies, she brings her expertise to designing robust, plant-derived tissue scaffolds.
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John Krutty is a doctoral candidate in the Biomedical Engineering program at UW-Madison working in the labs of Prof. William Murphy and Prof. Padma Gopalan. His research focuses on the design and implementation of synthetic, chemically defined biomaterials for the scaled-up production of human cells, with multiple first and contributing author publications coming from his work so far. He plans to defend his thesis this coming December, 2019. Prior to graduate school, John earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, where he contributed to research on the melt blowing of polymer fibers.
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Hannah Martin is a DVM/PhD candidate at UW-Madison in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences dual degree program. Currently, Hannah is working on her thesis project in the BioInspired Materials Laboratory with Dr. Bill Murphy. Her research focus involves the application of microparticle delivery technology to improve cancer treatment, with the goal of both localizing and prolonging the biological activity of key immunotherapeutic agents. Hannah is a first-year member of the Forward BIO Institute’s Innovators in Training program and hopes to leverage the program’s unique training opportunities to better prepare herself for a career in the biotech industry.
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Hannah received her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University in 2016, after which, she joined the Ramanujam Laboratory at Duke University to participate in a Post-Baccalaureate research program studying breast cancer metabolism. Hannah has completed her first two years of veterinary school, where she took part in the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars program and was active in the Veterinary Medical Outreach Organization and Lab Animal Medicine and Research Club.
Katie Mueller is a PhD candidate in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a 4th year graduate student in Krishanu Saha’s lab at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Katie researches the use of precision gene editing for cell and gene therapies. She is particularly interested in developing methods to assess the safety of prospective therapies in disease-in-a-dish model systems. Her projects focus primarily on the use of CRISPR/Cas9 in the context of cancer immunotherapy and retinal disease. Katie is a member of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies, where she served as chair of the 2018-2019 Student Leadership Council. She is also a member of the inaugural Innovators in Training cohort through ForwardBio.
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Katie has a strong interest in pedagogy and mentorship best practices across the educational pipeline. She is completing a Certificate in Research, Teaching, and Learning through the Delta Program at UW-Madison. Katie recently co-founded the BADGRS trainee scholars group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, where she develops curriculum focused on improving mental health conditions within the graduate research environment. She also serves on a working group at UW-Madison to address mental health concerns for graduate students across STEM programs at the university.
Katie received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2018, in addition to a traineeship with the NIH T32 Biotechnology Training Program. She was additionally awarded the 2017 Gregory F. Daniels Outstanding Poster Award at UW Madison’s Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine conference. Katie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lawrence University in 2016 with degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, and Voice. While at Lawrence, she received a Monticello Grant supporting research for women scientists and a Mellon Senior Experience grant for her thesis, which was awarded highest honors at graduation. Outside the lab, Katie works as a classical vocalist in the Madison area.
Aicha Quamine is a 2nd year PhD candidate in the Cellular and Molecular Biology graduate program (CMB) at UW Madison. Driven by her hope to develop new drugs, new molecular targets, and, ultimately, give all cancer patients better options, she joined Dr. Christian Capitini’s Immunotherapy and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Research Group. Aicha’s research focuses on Immuno-Oncology, specifically using mouse models of pediatric cancer to develop NK cell based therapies and optimize bone marrow transplant outcomes.
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A New York City native, Aicha obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Cleveland State University where she studied synthetic chemistry, drug development, and bioengineering. In addition to her research, Aicha is passionate about scientific communication. An active member of the scientist and science advocacy field on social media, she operates the @ModaScientist Instagram account to share her research and experiences with the hope of demystifying complicated scientific concepts and making science and research accessible to everyone.