Christopher Madl is a PhD candidate in Bioengineering at Stanford University. His work focuses on using biomaterials systems to study cell-matrix interactions and on designing novel protein-engineered materials for stem cell culture and transplantation. While at Stanford, Chris has mentored several undergraduate and graduate students working on independent research projects. He has served as a teaching assistant for courses on polymer science, biomaterials, and quantitative physiology. Chris also co-chaired the 2016 Gordon Research Seminar on Signal Transduction by Engineered Extracellular Matrices, a forum for graduate students and postdocs to present their research. Prior to beginning his PhD at Stanford, Chris graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. degree in Biomedical Engineering, with a secondary field in Chemistry, as well as a M.S. degree in Bioengineering. At Harvard, his work involved designing material systems to control the delivery and differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells for bone regeneration therapies.