BSE student Davidson earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

BSE student Davidson earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Calendar Icon Mar 31, 2016      Person Bust Icon By Karl Vogel     RSS Feed  RSS  -  Submit a Story

Christopher Davidson, a senior in biological systems engineering, has been chosen a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Christopher Davidson, a senior in biological systems engineering, has been chosen a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Christopher Davidson came to UNL expecting to pursue a career in medicine.

After deciding to get off the medical school track, Davidson is still interested in saving lives but is now moving full steam in a slightly different direction.

Recently, the senior in biological systems engineering was one of three current UNL students chosen to receive a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and plans to use the three-year grant to find ways to replace damaged organs or tissues in the human body.

“Coming into college, I was more interested in medical school,” Davidson said. “But after Dr. Angela Pannier came into one of my freshman classes and made a presentation about what goes on in her lab, I thought it was fascinating and was something I definitely wanted to pursue.”

Pannier, associate professor of biological systems engineering, added Davidson to her lab, which focuses its research on three themes – nonviral gene delivery, tissue engineering and protein cell-biomaterial interactions.

Davidson, who is from Omaha, said he plans to continue working in those areas after he graduates from UNL in May and begins work toward a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan.

“I’m most interested in cell and tissue engineering, but mostly in trying to understand the different factors that promote the cell decision-making processes and how that can correspond to tissue engineering,” Davidson said. “My plan, as of now, is to go into industry and work in research and development for a company working on those types of applications.”

Among the 2,000 students who were awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship are two Nebraska Engineering alumni – Hillary Stoll, a biological systems engineering graduate who is pursuing a doctorate in environmental engineering at North Carolina State University; and Michael Taylor, a chemical engineering graduate pursuing a doctorate in chemical engineering and petroleum engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.



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