ChE Student Selected as Future Leader in Chemical Engineering
Lauren Gerbereux, E’21, chemical engineering, was selected for the 2021 Future Leaders in Chemical Engineering Symposium organized by North Carolina State University. This highly selective research symposium recognizes the finest undergraduate researchers in chemical engineering in the United States. Students are chosen based on academic achievement, research contributions, and apparent potential. Lauren Gerbereux was invited to present her research on Optimizing Hypoxia-Inducing Cryogels for Hypoxic Cell Culture Conditions, which was funded by Northeastern University’s Honors Early Research Award.
Gerbereux completed this research under the supervision and guidance of Assistant Professor Sidi A. Bencherif and Postdoctoral fellow Thibault Colombani. Prof. Bencherif reflects in an interview: “Lauren is a very bright and hardworking student with tremendous potential as an engineer in the biotechnology industry. She has unique perseverance and a mature attitude in the face of scientific set-back that you can only find in exceptional scientists: she never considers the challenges she faced as painful difficulties, but as new journeys leading to exciting discoveries.”
Gerbereux will graduate from Northeastern University in December 2021 with an accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree of Science in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Biochemical Engineering. She plans to enter the biotechnology industry in Boston to contribute toward the development of novel therapies for the improved treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases.
Last year awardee from Northeastern University was James Sinoimeri, also an undergraduate student doing research under the supervision of Prof. Bencherif.