2013 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Bioengineering
Supported by: anonymous donor
Mentor: James Chang, Professor of Surgery (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery) and Alesha Castillo, Assistant Professor of Surgery

Robert Carrera is a junior majoring in bioengineering. This summer he is working in the Castillo lab at the Palo Alto VA, studying bone regeneration in response to mechanical loading and the role of certain genes in osteoblast recruitment, proliferation, and differentiation. The aim of this research is to develop novel treatments for bone breaks and fractures, particularly for elderly patients. Robert plans on pursuing either an MD, a PhD in bioengineering, or an MD/PhD. In his free time, Robert likes to play rugby.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2013:

Mechanical Stimulation and Bone Healing

Robert Carrera1, Alesha Castillo2
[Departments of Bioengineering1 and Surgery - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery2, Stanford University]