University of Minnesota
Dr. Azarin recently joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Professor. She earned her B.S. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 and went on to receive a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. Her doctoral research focused on engineering the human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) microenvironment to regulate self-renewal and differentiation of hPSCs toward cardiac and brain-specific endothelial cells. Following completion of her Ph.D., she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University, where she developed biomaterial scaffolds to capture and detect metastatic breast cancer cellsin vivo. Her research program at the University of Minnesota is focused on elucidating the mechanisms underlying cellular dormancy and activation for applications in regenerative medicine and cancer therapeutics.