B.Eng, University of Delaware
M.S., Cornell University

Current Title and Department:
PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University

Who have been your mentors?
My first undergraduate research experience was under Dr. X Lucas Lu’s Cartilage Bioengineering Lab, which sparked my initial interest in orthopedics and biomechanics. I then completed an Honors thesis in the lab of Dr. John Slater investigating the effect of the tumor microenvironment on cancer metastasis and gained a deep appreciation for basic science research. I am lucky to have numerous professors at the University of Delaware who encouraged me to apply to graduate school. I currently work in the lab of Dr. Nelly Andarawis-Puri, who has supported my growth as a scientist and taught me the importance of the fitting my science into the bigger picture.

What are you currently working on / what was the topic of your ORS Poster? What project(s) are you looking forward to in the near future?
My ORS poster investigated the use of the MRL/MpJ mouse strain, which has regenerative capacity in certain tissues, as a model of enhanced tendon healing after rotator cuff surgical repair. I am excited to continue this line of work to harness these cues and guide therapeutic development in different types of tendon injuries, such as chronic overuse.

What advice would you give to trainees who are just starting out in the field?
Get to know the people in ORS! The Annual meeting is a great place to start, and everyone is so welcoming. Having an informal network of peers and mentors is invaluable, whether troubleshooting an experiment, or seeking career advice.

When do you do for fun outside of the lab?
Hiking in the local Ithaca area is my favorite way to break up a long day of experiments and get some outdoors time. I also enjoy camping, cooking new foods, and reading.

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Twitter Handle (personal or lab): @Moni_Chatterjee