Claudia Gutierrez, SWE member and past president of the Drexel University section, was awarded the the Fulbright Scholarship to Switzerland. She will conduct a year of research in tissue engineering at the University Hospital of Basel. She is currently attending medical school at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Minnesota.
BS/MS Biomedical Engineering, Honors, Drexel University
Fulbright Program: Study/Research Grant, Switzerland
Claudia graduated from Drexel in 2015 with a combined BS/MS in Biomedical Engineering and is now pursuing an MD at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Claudia’s first research experience at Drexel was as a STAR (Students Tackling Advanced Research) Scholar in Drexel’s Vascular Kinetics Laboratory (PI: Dr. Alisa Morss Clyne). It was in her first coop at the medical device company Rex Medical that Claudia first experienced the importance of international and cross-cultural communication in research during her first coop at Rex Medical, when she helped translate engineers and physicians in Argentina and Chile on the collaborative development of a novel device. She then spent her next co-op abroad as a Whitaker Undergraduate Fellow conducting research in the Laboratory of Lymphatic and Cancer Bioengineering under Dr. Melody Swartz at the internationally recognized École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL). Since starting medical school she has developed aspirations to become a head and neck reconstructive surgeon and has become fascinated by the potential applications of regenerative medicine in this field. She hopes to return to Switzerland to work with experts in tissue engineering at the University Hospital of Basel to develop a novel stem-cell based scaffold using epigenetic regulators in partnership with Dr. van Wiejnen from Mayo Clinic’s Center for Regenerative Medicine. Claudia is to grateful to Dr. Adrian Shieh, who initially inspired her to conduct research in Switzerland, and to Dr. Kara Spiller, Dr. Meredith Wooten, Jaya Mohan and many former Drexel Fulbright recipients who guided her throughout the application process.