Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Join us at the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program's STEM Bytes Seminar to hear research done at USC by current PhD students and postdocs.
3:00 pm PDT
Mahsa Pahlavanneshan, PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering
Talk: Developing a 3D Biomimetic Metastatic Liver Niche Model for Pancreatic Cancer
Mahsa Pahlavan is a 2nd year Biomedical Engineering PhD student working in Dr. Reginald Hill’s lab at the Ellison Institute. She is studying metastasis in pancreatic cancer by designing a 3D biomimetic metastatic liver niche model that recapitulates the dense extracellular matrix and stiffness found in metastatic tumors. Her long-term goal is to design effective therapeutics that can eradicate metastatic tumors. Prior to working at the Ellison Institute, she received a BS degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, and an MS degree in Chemistry from San Diego State University. Outside of the lab, she enjoys singing, drawing, and hiking.
3:30 pm PDT
Alexis Floback, PhD Student in Marine and Environmental Biology
Talk: Rare earth element distributions in the Arabian Sea reveal the influence of redox processes within the oxygen deficient zone
Alexis Floback is a third year PhD student in James Moffett's lab within the Marine and Environmental Biology section of Biological Sciences. Her current research focuses on the transport of trace metals and microbes from coastal environments to the interior ocean. She originally became interested in the intersection between marine chemistry and marine microbiology during her undergraduate studies in marine biology. She is currently an active member in the WiSE community, serving as the PhD liaison for her program.