Elisa Cimetta, PhD - Columbia University
Advanced microscale technologies for the in vitro study of stem cells
Elisa Cimetta obtained her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Padua (Italy) in 2009, with research focused on the design and development of microscale technologies and microfluidic platforms for the in vitro culture of stem cells. She then worked as a post-doctoral research scientist on the design and development of advanced cell culture technologies for the production of functional cardiac human tissue (2009-2010). She is now an Associate Research Scientist in the laboratory of Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, further pursuing her research in the development of advanced technologies for the spatial and temporal regulation of culture microenvironments to study and direct stem cell differentiation. Since 2010, she has been working as a New York Stem Cell Foundation-Druckenmiller Fellow. In 2011, Dr. Cimetta graduated from the Postbaccalaureate Business Program from Columbia University.
Every year, the Stem Cell Engineering Center welcomes approximately six keynote speakers to Georgia Tech to discuss current advances in the stem cell engineering field. The center's mission is to cultivate researchers from the basic sciences along with investigators from various engineering disciplines to address key hurdles and technological challenges currently impeding the development of stem cell therapeutics and diagnostics. These seminars are open to all faculty or trainees interested in stem cell research.