RESEARCH INTERESTS

Abby is interested in tuning the rheological response of complex biomaterials systems for applications including 3D printing and drug delivery. Abby hopes to explore novel applications in bioprinting such as cell migration and biological models. 

 

EDUCATION

PhD, Chemical Engineering, Stanford University - Expected 2022

BSE, Chemical EngineeringPrinceton University - June 2017
Certificates: Materials Science & Engineering, Engineering Biology, and Computer Science

 

HONORS, AWARDS, and SCHOLARSHIPS

Graduate Research Fellowship, Stanford University, 2017-2022
Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2018-2021
Outstanding Materials Science Student Award, Princeton University, 2017
Air Products Chemical Engineering Senior Thesis Research Award, Princeton University, 2017
Tau Beta Pi Honors Society New Jersey Delta Chapter, 2016
Sigma Xi Honors Society, 2016

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University,  Sept 2014 – Aug 2017
Research Advisor: Prof. Howard Stone
During her first year Abby studied the effects of chemical patterning to create liquid-infused surfaces. Next Abby used microfluidic techniques to fabricate polymeric microfibers for purification applications. Finally as her senior thesis, Abby analyzed materials with rheology and particle image velocimetry for applications in Embedded 3D printing. 

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Harvard University, June 2015 – Aug 2016 
Research Advisor: Prof. Jennifer Lewis
Abby performed materials optimization and rheology to create 3D printed soft robotic systems with complex soft sensing capabilities. 

Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Princeton University, June 2014 – Sept 2014 
Research Advisor: Prof. Lynn Loo
Abby studied the spherulitic growth of an organic semiconductor called TES ADT into photolithographically-patterned thin channels and narrow corners. 

Penn Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology (Gene Therapy Program), University of Pennsylvania, June 2012 – Aug 2012 
Research Advisor: Prof. James Wilson, Prof. Alan Pack, Dr. John Zimmerman
Abby performed gene expression studies on Drosophila to understand the effect of the circadian rhythm on the expression of the sleep gene Homer. 

 

ABOUT

Abigail (Abby) is from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania where she attended the all-girls school, The Baldwin School, which got her excited about science and research. Abby grew up performing with the Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia and hopes to never stop dancing. Abby pursued her undergraduate degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton where she was also part of eXpressions Dance Company and the eating club, Terrace F. Club. She hopes to return back to Princeton for reunions every year. During breaks you can often find Abby skiing in Europe or Tahoe. On the weekends Abby enjoys yoga and exploring California.