B.S./M.S. student Sarah Lightfoot Vidal (advisor: Michele Marcolongo) has been selected as a Fulbright student grantee to work in Concepción, Chile at the Centro de Investigación de Polímeros Avanzados (CIPA) in collaboration with the Functional Polymers department at the Universidad de Concepción. Her project focuses on the development of a polymer blend of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) for wound healing applications.
Sarah has been volunteering as an undergraduate researcher with Dr. Marcolongo’s Biomaterials Research Group for three years and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. With this award, Sarah joins the largest group of Drexel students to receive the award in a single year. She is also the second Drexel Materials Science and Engineering student to receive a Fulbright scholarship while enrolled as a student in the department, joining Aaron Sakulich (advisor: Dr. Michel Barsoum) who received the award in 2007.
Congratulations to Jessica Isaacs! She received a prestigious Fulbright Post-Doctoral Award to Israel. She will conduct research at Tel Aviv University under Professor Rami Haj-Ali for twenty months.
Jessica will receive her PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics in 2012 and has been working under Senior Associate Vice Provost for Translational Research Michele Marcolongo, PhD, PE, studying spine biomechanics. Her current research includes spine biomechanics, effect of degeneration and age, and disc herniation. Her doctoral thesis is entitled “Micromechanics of the Annulus Fibrosus: Role of Biomolecules in Mechanical Function.” During her tenure at Drexel, Jessica worked as a teaching fellow and was the event coordinator of a non-profit group called Buzzing 4 Change.
For more information on the Fulbright Post-Doctoral Award to Israel see http://www.fulbright.org.il/
Professor Michele Marcolongo has been appointed Senior Associate Vice Provost for Translational Research. Reporting to Vice Provost for Research Deborah Crawford in the Office of Research, Marcolongo will work in the area of translational research.