Graduate Student Profile
The topic of my research is the foreign body inflammatory response to implantable medical devices. Macrophages are important mediators of this host response and are critical to success or failure of an implant. I study macrophage biology and interactions with a model biomaterial produced by electrospinning biodegradable polymers into fibrous matrices. The overall goal of my work is to discover ways in which macrophage behavior and the resulting host response can be modulated to improve implant biocompatibility and wound healing.