B.S., Chemical Engineering, 2017, Lafayette College
A.B., International Studies & Spanish, Lafayette College
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2020 (expected), Columbia University
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, 2024 (expected), Columbia University
Areas of Research Interest
Tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, biomaterials, cell migration
In the summer of 2016, Hagar was first exposed to the field of tissue engineering in Dr. Aaron Goldstein's ligament tissue engineering lab at Virginia Tech as a MAOP summer research intern. Following her graduation from Lafayette College, Hagar returned to Dr. Goldstein's lab to work for a year as a NIH-PREP trainee in addition to applying to graduate schools. Her project focused on understanding bone marrow stromal cell behavior on polycaprolactone (PCL)/gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) composites for the eventual goal of developing a novel biomaterial for ACL repair. Ultimately, Hagar decided to pursue a biomedical engineering PhD and joined the CEL laboratory in the fall of 2018.
In her free time, Hagar enjoys running, traveling, dancing, trying out new cuisine, spending time with family and friends, watching Spanish series on Netflix, and listening to various music genres.