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Marilyn Allen

 

Marilyn Allen PHOTO 300x300“I appreciate the resources for professional development for graduate students at UMBC, such as programs hosted by PROMISE. I believe these programs are invaluable for life after graduation.”

 

 

Hometown: Plainsboro, NJ

Degree Program: Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (Ph.D.)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gregory Szeto

Thesis/research topic: Cell-based cancer immunotherapies

Fellowships: Meyerhoff Graduate Fellowship and UMBC LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship

Undergraduate Study:
2016, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts University (Medford, MA)

Why is your favorite things about UMBC?
I appreciate the resources for professional development for graduate students at UMBC, such as programs hosted by PROMISE. I believe these programs are invaluable for life after graduation. What I enjoy most about Baltimore is the Farmer’s Market and Bazaar and the different personalities of each neighborhood.

Briefly describe your graduate research and its purpose/applications.
My research involves engineering immune cells with biomolecules to enhance their activity in immunosuppressive environments such as the tumor miroenvironment.

What are your plans after you complete your degree at UMBC?
My career goal is to enter academia as a professor. I want to shape tomorrow’s engineers through teaching, research, mentorship, and outreach.  As a principal investigator, I would like to utilize my research experiences to design solutions to diseases, such as breast cancer, and to tackle health disparities, such as working with patient education.

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