I was born and raised in State College, Pennsylvania. After graduating, I moved 700 miles south to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. While in school, I was involved with the Alpha Eta Mu Beta Biomedical Engineering Honor Society, Biomedical Engineering Ambassadors, and various mentoring programs, and worked as an undergraduate research assistant. This was my first real exposure to research, and I found that I really enjoyed it and became very interested in the research opportunities a graduate degree would provide me. I was very fortunate to work with encouraging mentors and a lab group that became a like family, which inspired me to find the same environment for my graduate degree. Extracurricularly, I danced on Georgia Tech’s Goldrush dance team for 4 years, and cheered professionally for the Atlanta Falcons during my last year in school. I graduated with high honors with my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in May 2011 and moved to Sacramento in July 2011.
Since moving to the area, I have continued to dance professionally for the Sacramento Kings and Sacramento Mountain Lions, and am currently cheering for Football’s Fabulous Females, the Oakland Raiderettes. I’m grateful to have found another family with the Athanasiou group and I’m excited to pursue cartilage tissue engineering through an osteochondral approach.