Dr. Kelly M. Schultz, formerly of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has joined Lehigh University's chemical engineering faculty as an assistant professor.
Most recently, Dr. Schultz served as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Professor Kristi Anseth. Prior to this appointment, she's served in research capacities with MIT, the University of Delware, and Cambridge Scientific, Inc. Dr. Schultz earned a B.S. from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. from University of Delaware, both in chemical engineering.
Her research has focused on the characterization of biocompatible, synthetic hydrogelators using multiple particle tracking microrheology. In these efforts, she seeks to characterize material during gelation, enzymatic and cellular-mediated degradation and after equilibration, with a focus on development of high-throughput characterization techniques. Recent work has focused on using chemical synthesis and cell culture skills learned in the Anseth laboratory to measure cell-mediated degradation within a synthetic hydrogel scaffold. Dr. Schultz is also recognized for excellence in teaching and mentoring chemical engineering students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.