February 14, 2011

Sharon Gerecht of WSE receives CAREER award

Sharon Gerecht, an assistant professor in the Whiting School’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is the recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. The CAREER award, given to faculty members at the beginning of their academic careers, is one of NSF’s most competitive awards and emphasizes high-quality research and novel education initiatives.

Gerecht’s CAREER project is focused on an interdisciplinary investigation of functional interactions between hypoxic pathways and matrix-driven cues that are essential for vascular morphogenesis and network assembly. Her proposed research includes the study and basic understanding of vascular network assembly and promises both to uncover the mechanisms underlying vasculature growth and to elucidate the interfaces involved in vascular development signaling pathways for vascular regeneration applications.