Assistant Professor Jennifer Robinson was recently notified that she will recognized as a 2018 Outstanding Bioengineering Undergraduate Alumna by Rice University. Dr. Robinson received her B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University in 2009, Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2014, and conducted postdoctoral research in Biomedical Engineering and Craniofacial Biology at Columbia University. She has also conducted research as a visiting scholar both at the National University of Ireland – Galway and the National University of Singapore. Her research has been recognized by a Whitaker Fellowship, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, PEO Scholar Award, NIH NIDCR K12 Training Grant, and a NIH F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Postdoctoral Award. Her research interests include personalized tissue engineering and discovering the role of sex hormones on fibrocartilage cells.
Speaking of Dr. Robinson’s research, she was also recently awarded a new grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH)’s Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (NIH-COBRE). This is her first externally funded award, and she received it within 6 months from her start date! Dr. Robinson will become a Molecular Analysis of Disease Pathways (CMADP) Project Investigator. The Project Title is “Role of estrogen and mechanobiology on meniscal regeneration." About this research, Dr. Robinson said, "The major goal of this proposal is determining the role of estrogen and the mechanical microenvironment on meniscus health and regeneration. Specifically, meniscal fibrochondrocyte transcriptional changes, phenotype, mechanotransduction, and extracellular matrix production will be determined in response to estrogen treatment alone or in combination with changes to the substrate stiffness in 2D and 3D models."
“Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) support thematic, multidisciplinary centers that augment and strengthen institutional biomedical research capacity. This is accomplished by expanding and developing biomedical faculty research capability and enhancing research infrastructure, including the establishment of core facilities needed to carry out the objectives of a multidisciplinary, collaborative program.
These centers are led by NIH-funded investigators with expertise central to the theme of the grant proposal. The centers promote collaborative, interactive efforts among researchers with complementary backgrounds, skills and expertise. In some instances, COBRE support facilitates the development of new, disease-specific research centers or augments the capability of existing centers. Researchers supported through COBRE are expected to compete independently for external peer-reviewed grant support.”
- Additional information about the center grant can be found here.
- A link to Rice University's Fall 2018 Newsletter can be found here.
- More information about the COBRE program can be found here.
- You can follow The Robinson Lab using Twitter (@Prof_JRobinson) or learn more on their website TheRobinsonLab.com
Congratulations again, Dr. Robinson - we are lucky to have you as part of the CPE team!