Ashley Kroll’s research is focused on expanding cell membrane-coated nanoparticle applications into the areas of immunology and vaccines. As a student in Professor Liangfang Zhang’s nanoengineering lab at the Center for Engineering in Cancer, she plans to use the coated nanoparticles to dampen overactive immune reactions, such as transplant and transfusion rejections. Kroll, a biomedical nanotechnology student, has also been active in the Jacobs School Undergraduate Mentoring Program and the Society of Women Engineers, and plans to continue these mentoring and leadership roles. She received a bachelor’s degree in Nanoengienering: Bioengineering and a master’s in Nanoengineering: Biomedical Nanotechnology, both from UC San Diego. Her research poster on a cancer vaccine that can be used to train the immune system to recognize and eliminate malignant tumors was awarded the Best Poster Award for Nanoengineering and the inaugural IGNITE Prize for Most Commercial Potential at the 2018 Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo.
San Diego, CA, September 19, 2018 -- Five Jacobs School of Engineering graduate students working to improve immunology, cardiac health, blood transfusions and our understanding of the genome have been named 2019 Siebel Scholars. The Siebel Scholars program recognizes the most talented students in the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, bioengineering and energy science. The students are selected based on outstanding academic performance and leadership, and each receive a $35,000 award toward their final year of study.
This year, three of the Siebel Scholars from the University of California San Diego are pursuing research through the Department of Bioengineering— UC San Diego was ranked the No. 1 bioengineering doctoral program in the nation according to the National Research Council rankings. One Siebel Scholar is studying biomedical nanotechnology through the Department of NanoEngineering at UC San Diego, which was the first in the country to offer undergraduate and graduate courses of study in nanoengineering, and one is a bioinformatics student conducting research in the UC San Diego School of Medicine.
“Engineers improve human health and saves lives every day. Our Siebel Scholars highlight some of the many ways we are pushing the limits of engineering to benefit human health and save lives," said Albert P. Pisano, Dean of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. “They have my hearty congratulations for their tremendous efforts in the lab and in the community. I expect we’ll be hearing a lot more from these Siebel Scholars in the coming years.”