4th Year MechE PhD, Taylor Lawson receives prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from NIH

Grinstaff lab is excited to announce that Mr. Taylor Lawson, a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering PhD student has received a prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The focus of the training grant will be Taylor’s current research project entitled “GAG Mimetic Interpenetrating Network for the Repair of Osteoarthritic Cartilage”. It is aimed at developing a novel method for improving osteoarthritic cartilage that will employ both biomaterials and mechanical engineering and create a technique that will overcome current limitations in the field.

Taylor has assembled a multidisciplinary team of co-mentors led by Dr. Mark Grinstaff of Boston University who has a joint appointment in the Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering and Medicine Departments at BU. The team also includes Dr. Michael Albro, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at BU and Dr. Brian Snyder, an orthopedic surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital and an investigator at the Center for Advanced Orthopedic Studies at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Grinstaff Lab encourages students to pursue projects at the intersection of science and engineering that could translate into real world applications and tangible benefits for our society. For more information about research conducted in Grinstaff Lab visit http://people.bu.edu/mgrin/.