Former two-time Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) student at INBT, Quinton Smith, is featured as an REU success story by the National Science Foundation. After finishing his undergraduate degree, Quinton joined INBT for his PhD in chemical and biomolecular engineering under the mentorship of Sharon Gerecht, INBT’s director and professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Read Quintons success story on the NSF website!
He is now a postdoctoral fellow at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research under the mentorship of Sangeeta Bhatia. His research includes combining a variety of stems cells using 3D printing technology to create transplantable liver tissues. He is also a 2018 a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Hanna Gray Fellow. The Fellowship supports diversity in science and Smith receives up to $1.4 million in funding over eight years.
The Research Experience for Undergraduates program is funded by the National Science Foundation. It is a 10-week internship during the summer where students receive intensive research training. Additionally, they receive professional development training to build their communication skills, participate in networking activities, meet with specialty scholars, and take day trips to local research organizations. Overall, the program provides training and other experiences that may be unavailable at their home institution.