Ms Jamie Cyr (2017)
Throughout my undergraduate education at Smith College, I gained a great appreciation for interdisciplinary dialogues to advance scientific knowledge. I leveraged my mathematical background to organize and connect topics in biology, biomathematics, chemistry, and physics, as well as psychology, sociology and archaeology. My interdisciplinary studies have broadened the perspective with which I approach problems in preparation for a career in the field of global medical research and the design of medical devices for the developing world. I have integrated my diverse academic interests with my medical aspirations through an MPhil at the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials, where I am currently working to improve the three-dimensional architectural control of affordable ice-templated collagen scaffolds. My work allows these scaffolds to closely mimic the structure and texture of natural tissue and will be employed in regenerative medical applications such as cardiac muscle repair, dermal grafts, nerve regeneration, and joint restoration. As part of the Gates Cambridge community, I hope to broaden my multifaceted interests and share my knowledge as I pursue my PhD focused on the development of a cardiac patch that will facilitate the regeneration of damaged heart tissue. Additionally, I will refine the novel technique I developed during my MPhil to enable this technology to be used in regenerative medical applications throughout the body.