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Anastasia Varanko


Anastasia Varanko, BE'17, has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for the PhD program in Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, she will be starting in Fall 2017.  She is an undergraduate researcher in the BEE Ma Lab, designing and creating core-shell alginate microcapsules as an in vitro model of the microbiome and optimizing electrospray conditions for alginate hydrogels to improve oxygen and nutrient diffusion in mocrocapsules.  Her previous work was in the Shen lab, where she received an Engineering Learning Initiatives Research Grand and collaborated on five publications, two currently in print, one accepted, and two in review.  She is the Alpha Epsilon Chapter President and the Theta Tau Alumni Relations Chair.  She has worked since 2014 with building monitoring and special events at Cornell's Schwartz Performing Arts Center.  She has worked with youth outreach, mentorship, and Habitat for Humanity.  [BE, Biomedical Engineering Minor, CoE]