2012 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Supported by: The Rose Hills Foundation and Bio-X
Mentor: Alex Dunn, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Charlotte Poplawski is a senior majoring in chemical engineering with additional focuses in neuroscience and psychology. Currently, she is researching how endothelial cells, the cells that line our blood vessels, sense and respond to different types of fluid flow, important factors in understanding health problems such as angiogenesis and aneurysms. Collaborating with the labs of Alex Dunn and Gerry Fuller, Charlotte is especially interested in how different biochemical inhibitors can be used to reverse engineer the mechanisms by which cells move and align themselves in response to their environment. In her research and everyday life, Charlotte loves to solve problems related to how people can live healthier and happier lives.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 27, 2012:

Endothelial Cells Sensing and Responding to Disturbed Flow

Charlotte Poplawski1, Maggie Ostrowski1, Gerald Fuller1, Alex Dunn1
[Department of Chemical Engineering1, Stanford University]