Rachel joined the Biological Engineering (BE) department in September of 2005 as a graduate student with a Bachelor's degree in Bioengineering from Pennsylvania State University where she graduated summa cum laude with honors and was chosen as Student Marshal. She has completed the program core course requirements and her qualifying exam process with great success, including a grade-point average of 4.9/5 with a second-author publication and additional manuscripts on their way (with Professor Alan Grodzinsky). Rachel is an outstanding citizen of BE who served in many positions on the BE Graduate Student Board as Treasurer and Co-Coordinator, and recently finished her term as Academic Committee Chair where she has been instrumental in gathering feedback from students regarding curriculum changes that have been recently implemented in the department. Rachel also served on the BE Retreat Committee where she assisted in planning the annual department wide retreat. Rachel also serves as Mentor to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program in which she mentors undergraduate students with the development of lab techniques. Additionally, Rachel participates as a student leader during the Recruitment Weekend held yearly in March to interview and recruit new graduate students for the program.
Ph.D. , BioengineeringClass of 2010