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Professional Bio: Colleen Fridley graduated with a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2015. As an undergraduate, she performed drug delivery research under Dr. Justin Hanes, towards the development of a sustained release drug delivery system for glaucoma treatment and mucus-penetrating particles for treatment of early-stage cervical cancer. After graduating, she spent a year working in downstream bioprocessing as a post-baccalaureate fellow at the NIH Vaccine Production Program Lab. Colleen is involved in the NIH Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program at the University of Delaware. She is co-advised by Dr. Millicent Sullivan and Dr. Kristi Kiick, with her graduate work centered around incorporating collagen-mimetic peptide (CMP)-modified polyplex gene delivery into clinically relevant co-cultures as well as utilizing CMP-polyplexes for co-delivery of key growth factor genes for chronic wound repair.
Fun Bio: Outside of lab, Colleen is an avid distance runner and likes outdoor activities and staying active. She also enjoys spending time with friends, exploring the surrounding cities, and binge-watching Netflix and Hulu.