Anna K. Blakney is formally trained in Chemical and Biological Engineering, with specific expertise in polymeric biomaterials, tissue engineering, drug delivery, host response, electrospinning, and global health applications of bioengineering. She is currently a graduate student working with Dr. Kim Woodrow at the University of Washington in the Department of Bioengineering. Her research in the Woodrow lab focuses on the development of an electrospun nanofiber platform for topical delivery of drug combinations, specifically antiretrovirals and contraceptives. Funded in part by the Gates Foundation, this project is geared at providing a discreet method for women in low-resource settings to prevent HIV acquisition and unintended pregnancy. Her graduate work is funded by NSF GRFP and an NIH Molecular Medicine Training Grant.
Anna received her B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2012. As an undergraduate in Dr. Stephanie Bryant's laboratory, she characterized the role of PEG-based hydrogel stiffness in the foreign body response and the anti-inflammatory properties of differentiating stem cells. She also completed an REU with Dr. William Wagner at the University of Pittsburgh that focused on using a biodegradable hydrogel for intramyocardial protein delivery. Her work as an undergraduate was recognized by awards from the Society for Biomaterials, the Colorado Engineering Council, and Sigma Xi and has appeared in Biomaterials, Biomacromolecules and the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research.
Anna accepts Student Award for Outstanding research at the Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting.
Anna receives Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
Anna graduates from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering.
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Anna presents at the BMES Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.
Anna receives NIH Molecular Medicine Training Grant.
Anna officially joins Dr. Kim Woodrow's laboratory.
Anna arrives at the University of Washington in the Department of Bioengineering.
Anna passes qualifying exam!
Anna receives NSF GROW fellowship to spend 6 months at University of Cape Town!