Professor Stephanie Seidlits won the inaugural Shu Chien Early Career Award competition on an online Zoom video conference on November 23, 2020. This annual UC-Wide award is given to the pre-tenured faculty who demonstrates outstanding scholarly achievement. The goal is to foster the development and promotion of pre-tenured faculty across the UC system and to foster inter-UC-Campus activities between biomedical engineering departments and programs.
Prof. Seidlits’s research is focused on the development of therapies for spinal cord/brain injury and brain cancer, including: (1) biomaterials constructs mimicking the brain tumor microenvironment, (2) biomaterials for spinal cord regeneration, (3) high-throughput arrays of biomaterials microenvironment, and (4) “Midbrain-on-a-chip” for drug screening. She has been recognized by NSF Career Award, Society for Biomaterials Young Investigator Award, and 2019 Young Innovator Award in Cellular and Molecular Engineering. Her research is supported by NIH, NSF, American Cancer Society Research Scholar grant, American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant, and Helman Fellow Award.