Q&A

A conversation between the Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society and Laura Dunphy, a third year PhD student in Jason Papin's Lab.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I grew up in Loudoun County, Virginia. (Sorry, I'm one of the NOVA kids...)

Q: Where did you get your undergrad degree/what degree?

A: I graduated in 2015 from MIT, where I studied Biological Engineering.

BME Graduate Student Katie Gorick

"In addition to being collaborative and helpful in lab, the BMEs are good friends outside of the context of research, and that makes work feel a lot less like work."

Katie Gorick, PhD 2020

Q: If you couldn’t be a scientist what would you be?

A: Hmmm... since I'm fairly confident "professional food taster" isn't a real thing, I'd either be a (probably unsuccessful) author, since I briefly considered studying literature in undergrad, or a personal trainer, because I would get paid to exercise and hopefully have a positive impact on someone's life.

Q: What is your favorite thing about UVa and why?

A: My favorite thing about UVA is definitely the people. Our department is full of very smart, very driven people who also prioritize having a healthy, happy life outside of the university. In addition to being collaborative and helpful in lab, the BMEs are good friends outside of the context of research, and that makes work feel a lot less like work. Also, everyone here is doing VERY cool science.

Q: In one sentence describe your research and highlight any recent accomplishments.

A: My work in the Price lab centers on using ultrasound to deliver therapeutic genes that target epigenetic regulators of arteriogenesis and angiogenesis in order to promote reperfusion of ischemic tissue in the context of peripheral arterial disease. I received an NIH-funded training grant through the Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center to pursue my research.