Ph.D. Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
Penelope holds a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University. Her research interests include the study of cell mechanics and how the relationship with the mechanical environment can drive cell structure and function. Past work includes the study of cells interacting with soft materials - both synthetic and naturally-derived polymers - showing that tissue-specific cells have a unique response to substrate stiffness that closely matches that of the host tissue. Her research also involves the use of rheological measurements to study the viscoelastic properties of tissue in both healthy and pathophysiological conditions. These studies aim to contribute to the development of biocompatible materials for the fabrication of medical devices, and to improve tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
Her publications have appeared in the journals Nature Materials, Biophysical Journal, the American Journal of Physiology, Soft Matter, Molecular Neurobiology, Methods in Cell Biology, and others. Penelope has taught courses in biological sciences, specifically cell and molecular biology, as well as topics in advanced biomaterial science. At Princeton, she plans to develop and teach integrative courses at the intersection of the arts, humanities, social and life sciences, and engineering.
In her role as Assistant Director of STEM Education, she will support the Council on Science and Technology in its ongoing mission to create interdisciplinary courses and programming to promote the fundamentals of science and engineering throughout the entire Princeton community. Further, she will work to recognize and endorse equity-minded initiatives to stimulate STEM interest and literacy in all of Princeton University’s diverse constituents.