Life as a Graduate Student: Nanomedicine research highlights and panel discussion

Come hear about life as a graduate student performing research in nanomedicine! Learn more about this career path and what motivates students to pursue a doctoral degree specializing in nanomedicine. We will be featuring research talks and a panel discussion from 3 fellows in the IGERT Nanomedicine Program at Northeastern University.  All 3 speakers are previous winners of the Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo (RISE) at Northeastern University.

paroAutumn Paro, PhD Candidate, has recently joined the IGERT Nanomedicine Program.  After formally training in Physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and performing research on high altitude plasma plumes after nuclear explosions, she is now using her numerical simulation expertise to study how radiation can be enhanced at the nanoscale to improve radiation therapy of cancer.


jodiJodi Belz, PhD Candidate and former IGERT Nanomedicine Fellow, received her BS in Mechanical Engineering at Northeastern University, with a minor in chemistry and mathematics. It was here she first discovered nanomedicine, and decided to pursue a PhD in Bioengineering.  Jodi is currently working to develop implantable devices for the localized delivery of chemotherapeutics to enhance radiation therapy of cancer.  Her recent awards include: Outstanding Interdisciplinary Research Award at RISE2014 and Outstanding Research Award at the International Conference for Translational Nanomedicine 2014 (ITNano2014).

benBenjamin Geilich, PhD Candidate and IGERT Nanomedicine Fellow, received a BS in Neuroscience from Brown University. During his time at Brown, Ben served as the captain of the Stanford-Brown iGEM (international genetically engineered machines competition) team, and conducted research at NASA Ames in Mountain View, CA. After graduation, Ben was awarded a graduate assistantship to pursue his doctorate in Bioengineering at Northeastern University. Ben’s research with Dr. Webster focuses on various applications of nanotechnology and biomimetic systems to prevent and treat bacterial adherence and proliferation on indwelling medical devices. Currently, Ben is working on designing and commercializing a silver nanoparticle-embedded polymersome nanocarrier for use in treating antibiotic-resistant infections. Ben was recently awarded the Outstanding Engineering and Technology Research Award at RISE2015.