Jenna Shapiro


Stem Cell Niches and Hydrogels

Jenna is working on a collaborative project with the U.S. National Institutes of Health as part of the NIH-Cambridge Graduate Partnership Program, and is jointly mentored by Dr. Constantine Stratakis of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Her project focuses on using hydrogels as scaffolds for creating an in vitro model for the cellular microenvironment. In particular, she will fabricate and characterize a number of hydrogel systems and determine mechanically and biologically relevant properties. Once a hydrogel system has been optimized, it will then be used to create an in vitro model of the cell-extracellular matrix interaction. Jenna is particularly interested in exploring the interaction between chemical and mechanical signaling in the cellular microenvironment, and will do so in the context of cyclic AMP and protein kinase A signaling and collagen production and deposition.

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  1. Dept. of Engineering Photo Competition | OyenLab | Bioengineering

    […] of Dept. prize for his fantastic video. And although not one of the winning images, an entry by Jenna is being used to illustrate the competition on the University of Cambridge main website. Great job […]

  2. Congrats to Jenna! | OyenLab | Bioengineering

    […] year PhD student Jenna Shapiro was honoured last week, as a finalist in the SET for Britain poster competition at the Houses of […]

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