Dec. 2, 2016 - Caroline Cvetkovic defended her dissertation, "Biological Building Blocks for 3D-Printed Cellular Systems," at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in front of peers and a defense committee of EBICS faculty members Rashid Bashir, Martha Gillette, Hyunjoon Kong, and Taher Saif.
In Bashir Lab, Cvetkovic's research focused on the development of neuromuscular-controlled biological machines ("bio-bots"). The work combined aspects of 3D-printing, tissue-engineering, and soft robotics, and led to co-authorship on 7 publications and over 15 conference and seminar presentations.
Cvetkovic was funded by EBICS, as well as an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant from NSF, and the Support for Under-Represented Groups in Engineering (SURGE) fellowship at UIUC. Accomplishments throughout her graduate study include a Top Presentation nomination at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting, an invitation to be a session co-chair at the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERMIS) World Congress, an invitation to the Mechanobiology Institute at the National University of Singapore, and a certificate from the Clinical and Translational Research Course for PhD Students at the National Institutes of Health.
Throughout her time at UIUC, Cvetkovic participated in research pertaining to 3 separate NSF-funded centers and programs: EBICS, (IGERT), and Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST). She engaged young students in scientific experimentation at community outreach activities such as UIUC's Engineering Open House and Science at the Market. Additionally, she participated in activities of the Student Leadership Council, Girls' Adventures in Math, Engineering, and Science (G.A.M.E.S.) Camp, 1867 Society, Provost and Graduate College Student Advisory Board, and was a project manager at Learning in the Community (LINC) Partnership.
We would like to congratulate and recognize Dr. Caroline Cvetkovic on her many accomplishments, and we wish her great success as she moves forward in her career!