Jessica DeQuach received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. She then went to UC San Diego to earn her PhD in Bioengineering, where she is a member of the Biomaterials & Regenerative Medicine Lab run by Dr. Karen Christman. Jessica develops tissue specific matrices for injectable tissue engineering scaffolds to treat ischemia in the brain, skeletal muscle, and heart and also uses these materials as cell culture coatings for stem cell and progenitor differentiation. This research has led to four patent applications in addition to a start-up company founded by Dr. Christman. After she completes her PhD, Jessica plans to help commercialize this research. Outside of research, she co-chaired both the annual Graduate Research Symposium and Bioengineering Day, a networking event between students, faculty, alumni and industry that celebrates research in the department. Jessica also co-led a team of bioengineering students to explain how heart valves work in the circulatory system to children participating in the Inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. Jessica is a recipient of the 2011 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award from the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society (TERMIS).