• What is your degree program and expected graduation date? Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics, May 2021
• Please describe your research: The main focus of my research is on tissue engineering where I develop synthetic scaffolds for bone tissue regeneration.
• In simple terms, why does this research matter? My research focuses on eliminating the need for autografting, which involves harvesting tissue from a patient to replace damaged tissue in another location. My research seeks to develop a synthetic alternative which reduces pain and costs.
• How soon after starting at the University of Iowa were you able to participate in research? I started immediately after the online safety training was completed.
• How has being involved in research made you more successful at the University of Iowa? Research is my main focus as a graduate student. The ability to investigate novel approaches to regenerative medicine has led to publications, awards, and hands-on laboratory experience.
• What are your career goals and/or plans after graduation? My goal is to secure a position at a pharmaceutical company, where I develop the next generation of materials for regenerative medicine.
• Faculty mentor/advisor: Dr. Aliasger Salem
• Hometown: Moline, IL
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