Stem Cell Technology, Clonal Heterogeneity, Flow Cytometry, Sort Strategies for Mesenchymal Stem Cell Enrichment
Katie C. Russell received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2006, her M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Tulane University in 2010, and her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Tulane University in 2012. She then went on to pursue a joint instructor/postdoctoral research position at Tulane University. Utilizing her research experience, Katie developed an Introductory Biotechnology Lab which was added to the department's curriculum in 2013. Due to her love of teaching, she went on to accept a Professor of Practice position in 2014. Additionally, Katie serves as the department's AIChE student chapter advisor and collaborates on research projects involving enrichment strategies for mesenchymal stem cells.
Katie's past research involved stem cell technology where she developed high-capacity clonal assays to quantify heterogeneity in potency of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), resolved MSC hierarchy of lineage commitment, correlated MSC potency with proliferation potential, identified new markers of MSC potency, and developed sort strategies for MSC enrichment. She has authored several scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Stem Cells, and Tissue Engineering. Katie was also the recipient of a Board of Regents Fellowship and the Women's Auxiliary to the Louisiana Engineering Society Fellowship during her doctoral studies.
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