Chinwendu Chukwu

Academic Qualifications:

2021 – B.S. Biomedical Engineering | Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Biography:

Chinwendu Chukwu earned her Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University in 2021. During her undergraduate experience, her research encompassed the development of biomaterials-based constructs for applications to immunotherapy and tissue engineering.

Chinwendu joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis in 2021. Currently, her research interests center around the use of focused ultrasound to improve drug delivery across the blood brain barrier (BBB) in order to treat brain cancer and other brain diseases.

Awards and scholarships:

  1. McDonnell International Scholars Academy – Washington University in St. Louis, 2021 Cohort
  2. Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Excellence in Research Award – Rutgers University, 2021
  3. First Place Undergraduate Poster Presentation. Engineering Nanoparticles & Immune Adjuvants for Cell Therapy. General Category: Nanotechnology, Physics & Technology. 2019 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM.

Publications:

  1. Toy, M. C. Keenum, P. Pradhan, K. Phang, P. Chen, C. Chukwu, A. Nguyen, J. Liu, S. Jain, G. Kozlowski, J. Hosten, M. S. Suthar, K. Roy.  TLR7 and RIG-I dual-adjuvant loaded nanoparticles drive broadened and synergistic responses in dendritic cells in vitroand generate unique cellular immunity in influenza vaccination. Journal of Controlled Release, in press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jconrel.2020.10.060