Bio: Lisa grew up in Tallahassee, FL and earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida in 2011. As an undergraduate at Florida, she researched bacteria to reduce diauxic lag time for wastewater treatment. Lisa also participated in an NSF-REU program in 2010 studying hydrogel material properties for biological applications. She is currently a 3rd year student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware and a fellow of the Systems Biology of Cells in Engineered Environments NSF IGERT Program.
Research Interests: Lisa is studying breast cancer recurrence using a 3D hydrogel model to mimic the extracellular matrix (ECM), the natural environment surrounding cells. Identifying biochemical and biomechanical cues that change over time will help define the role of the ECM in breast cancer recurrence and in designing new treatments.
Fun Facts: Lisa enjoys cooking, cycling, running marathons, and painting/drawing in her spare time. She co-hosts a science-themed radio show ‘Science Rocks!’ on WVUD The Basement.