Whitney Stoppel


BS, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
New Orleans, LA
Graduate Certificate, Cellular Engineering
PhD Chemical Engineering
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Amherst, MA
Postdoctoral Scholar
Lauren Black, III, PhD & David Kaplan, PhD, Advisers



Our long-term goal is to improve muscle (e.g., heart, leg, craniofacial) tissue quality following traumatic injury or reconstructive surgery to positively impact patient prognosis. Proper muscle function is dictated by structural, mechanical, chemical and electrical cues, which can ultimately guide both muscle cell growth and maturation. My current research focus combines 3-dimensional silk-based scaffold systems and small molecule delivery for generation of functional scaffolds or tissue constructs that can be utilized in the repair of critically sized muscle defects for a variety of applications (e.g., congenital defects, disease, and traumatic injury).

As part of the TEACRS Program, I am teaching a new course on Artificial Organs, Prosthetics, and Biomaterials in the spring of 2016 in the Honors College at UMass - Boston

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research