The IGERT program at WPI brings together students of diverse educational, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds, allowing them to combine disciplines and research approaches to make discoveries that will change the face of health care. Get to know the IGERT fellows, learn where they’re coming from, and see where their research interests lie.


Todd Alexander, PhD Student
Foxboro, MA
BS, Chemical Engineering, WPI
Tethered antimicrobial peptide systems

Kyra Burnett, PhD Student
Wilraham, MA
Bioengineering, Union College
Neural dynamics/behavior

Heather Cirka, PhD Student
Manchester, NH
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Cell mechanobiology; how cells sense and respond to environmental cues

David Dolivo, PhD Student
Elgin, IL
BS Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Katrina Hansen Katrina Hansen, PhD Student
Chugiak, AK
BS, Bioengineering, Washington State University
Cardiovascular regeneration

Joshua Harvey, PhD Student
Spencer, MA
BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rhode Island

Karen Levi, PhD Student
St. Paul, MN
BS, Engineering, Concentration in Bioengineering, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Vascular tissue engineering

Lindsay Lozeau, PhD Student
Milford, NH
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Rhode Island

Chris Nycz, PhD Student
Wallkill, NY
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University
Medical and rehabilitative robotics

Sarah (Runge) Hernandez, PhD Student
Sulphur Springs, TX/Plymouth, MA
BS, Biology, Franklin Pierce University
Tissue regeneration and wound healing, using regeneration-competent cells

Hannah Strobel, PhD Student
Charlestown, RI
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Tissue engineering


Brian Alejandro, PhD Student
Bedford, NH
BS, Chemical-Biological Engineering, Massachusett Institute of Technology
Neural Tissue Engineering

Frank Benesch-Lee, PhD Student
Cambridge, MA
Brown University; Dipl.-Eng,(FH), University of Applied Sciences Brandenburg, Germany
Effects of space on the human physiology

Meagan Carnes, PhD Student
BS, Bioengineering, Union Collage
Tissue Engineering

Anthony D"Amico, PhD Student
Nashua, NH
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of New Hampshire
Modeling the 3D printing process

Dan Lawler, PhD Student
Lexington, MA
BS, Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
MEng, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University

Will Linthicum, PhD Student
Falmouth, ME
BS, Physics, Union College
Mesenchymal cell behavior

Megan O'Brien, PhD Student
Pittsburgh, PA
BS Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; MS, Bioengineering, Temple University
Tissue Engineering

Dahlia Shendi, PhD Student
Jersey City, NJ
Stevens Institute of Technology - M. Eng and B. Eng, Biomedical Engineering

Jeremy Shui, PhD Student
Bayside, NY
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Bucknell University

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