Department: School of Engineering – Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Research Project: Harnessing Cyclic AMP Signaling for Bone Regenerative Engineering
Biography: Guleid Awale originated from Toronto, Canada, and grew up in South Windsor, Connecticut. He is a M.S. student in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department at the University of Connecticut, where he is conducting research at the Institute for Regenerative Engineering centered around harnessing the capability of cyclic AMP small molecules to promote the growth and repair of musculoskeletal tissue. Due to the support he received from the National Science Foundation (NSF)-LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship, he plans to transition into the PhD program in order to pursue a future role in academia.
In 2014, he received his B.S.E in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Connecticut. During his undergraduate studies at UCONN, he developed a strong interest in research at his tenure in Dr. Leslie Shor’s Engineered Microhabitats Group, where he investigated termite endosymbiont fractionation using a novel microfluidic cell sorter. It was through his senior capstone design project on the design of a 3D printable artificial kidney with faculty advisor, Dr. Anson Ma, and two fellow classmates, when he decided to pursue a career in developing therapeutic treatment options geared towards the regeneration of human organs and tissue.
- Tutor in STEM classes at Weaver High School’s Culinary Arts Academy in Hartford, CT
Posters and Presentations
- M. Awale, K.H.W. Lo, and C.T. Laurencin. “Harnessing Cyclic AMP Signaling for Bone Regenerative Engineering.” NOBCChE’s 43rd Annual Meeting, November 8-11 2016, Raleigh, North Carolina
- M. Awale, K.H.W. Lo, and C.T. Laurencin. “Inductive Small Molecule-Based Approach for Bone Regenerative Engineering.” 2016 NSF-LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Poster Symposium, April 15 2016, Storrs CT.
- 2016 NOBCChE Advancing Science Conference Grant
- NSF-LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship
- M. Awale, E. Wong, K Rajpura, K.H.W Lo. 2016 (in preparation). “Engineered Bone Tissue With Natural-derived Small Molecules.” Current Pharmaceutical Design.