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Dr. Kelly Schultz wins a presitgious 5 year $500,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation

Dr. Kelly Schultz, the P. C. Rossin Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has won a five year $500,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for her project entitled "CAREER: Determining the structure and properties of cell re-engineered microenvironments using rheology in synthetic wound healing scaffolds".

The NSF CAREER award program is considered one of the most prestigious awards from NSF in support of junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. Each award provides stable support at the level of approximately $500,000 for a five year period.

This 5 year award will allow Dr. Schultz and her students to study the critical role of Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in wound healing by regulating inflammation after migrating to the wound site. The goal of the combined research and education effort is to: (1) use a novel interdisciplinary approach to provide new techniques to answer a critical problem in biomaterials and cell biology, (2) recruit and train a diverse work force and (3) educate a broad audience in biomaterials, materials characterization, and wound healing. The research will have a major impact on biomaterials design. These new materials have the potential to increase the rate of wound healing and prevent development of chronic wounds. In addition, the principle investigator will recruit, train and educate a broad audience. This will be done by: (i) outreach to the public at the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, PA, (ii) mentoring of middle and high school students and (iii) mentoring and training of undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Schultz joined the department as an Assistant Professor in August 2013 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2011 and her BS in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in 2006. Since beginning her academic career at Lehigh, Dr. Schultz has been recognized with the P. C. Rossin Assistant Professorship, was an invited participant at the Frontiers of Engineering Symposium of the US National Academy of Engineering, and recipient of the Distinguished Young Rheologist" award from TA instruments. Her previous recognitions have included Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Award from the American Chemical Society's Polymer Chemistry Division; a select invitee at the University of Washington Distinguished Young Scholars Summer Seminar Series; recipient of the prestigious Fraser and Shirley Russell Teaching Fellowship at Delaware and a NSF graduate research fellowship that supported her dissertation research at Delaware.

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