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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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