4th Year PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering
Cornell Dean’s Scholar & Sloan UCEM Affiliate
NSF GRFP Fellow
B.A. in Biochemistry; Engineering, Smith College, 2019
Tendinopathies are debilitating injuries and we have a very poor mechanistic understanding of the pathogenesis and healing of this injury. I research the underlying mechanism of healing with the intent to optimize this function for therapeutic applications.
Marguerite is from Montclair, NJ and enjoys playing soccer, dancing, and reading in her free time. She is actively involved in the Latinx Graduate Student Coalition, QGrads, and BMES outreach activities such as Girl Scout Engineering Day (GSED) and the Graduate Student School Outreach Program (GRASSHOPR).
3rd Year PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering
Pre-doctoral Fellow, HSS-Cornell T32 Combined Engineering and Orthopaedic Training Program
B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2020
Healthy tendons experience multi-scale mechanotransduction of stresses and strains from the bulk tissue-scale to the matrix- and cell- scales. However, accumulation of matrix damage and altered cell-matrix interactions may disrupt this process in fatigue injured tendon, driving abberant biological outcomes that are a hallmark of tendinopathy. Therefore, my goal is to quantify tendon’s micro-mechanical environment in our lab’s existing in vivo models of fatigue injury and therapeutic exercise, which will contribute to the development of mechanistically-informed strategies for tendon repair.
Lainie (she/her) is originally from Livingston, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City. She is the current President of Cornell’s Graduate BMES chapter, having previously served as Community Engagement Co-Chair. She is also a Pre-doctoral Fellow in the Cornell-Hospital for Special Surgery Combined Engineering and Orthopaedics Training Program, an NIH T32-funded training program for trainees in the orthopaedic research field. When not in lab, Lainie enjoys theatre, sports, yoga, cooking and playing guitar.
2nd Year PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with minor in Computer Science, Washington University in St. Louis, 2021
The early stages of chronic tendon injury are not well understood. I aim to further outline
the pathway and mechanisms by which fatigue loading and overuse leads to disease initiation and progression.
1st Year PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2022
I am interested in researching how the inflammatory response may help or hinder the healing process in tendon fatigue injuries.
Diane is originally from Frederick County, Maryland. In undergrad, she was highly involved as a teaching fellow, McNair Scholar, civic engagement coach, and more, and she is interested in continuing to make a social impact at Cornell. Diane is a self-proclaimed insect enthusiast, and some of her hobbies include playing video games, colorguard, and going to rock and metal concerts with her family.