Alessondra Speidel

Postdoctoral researcher

Research description

My research focuses on the design, characterization, and examination of different tailored regenerative biomaterials and their target tissues. My current work focuses on examining the biomaterial-wound interface and better understanding the full breadth of interactions occurring within the tissue in response to the implanted material. This understanding will facilitate and inform the smarter design of novel, more effective, regenerative materials.

Teaching portfolio

Karolinska Institute (2017): Supervised and mentored 1 undergraduate student and 1 Master’s student

Freelance College Application Consultant and SAT Tutor (2012 – 2015): Organized private lessons and prepared 18 students in the greater London area

Ivy Insiders SAT Prep Course Instructor (2011): Advertized, organized, and taught two concurrent SAT courses for 19 students

Syracuse University Athletic Department Tutor (2011): Tutored 8 students in Earth Science, Forensic Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry

Duke University Peer Tutoring Program (2009 – 2011): Tutored 7 students in Calculus II, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry


Imperial College London (2011 – 2016): PhD Clinical Medicine Research, Department of Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute and Department of Materials

Duke University (2007 – 2011): BSE Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry minor 

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Yanagihara Grant (2016)

Henry Luce Fellowship (2015 – 2016)

Rosetrees Trust Grant (2014 – 2015)

European Life Science Group of the Year Award (2014)

Biotech Young Entrepreneurs Scheme Division Winners, Best Healthcare Business Plan (2014)

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) Andrew Carnegie Research Fund (2013, 2014)

The Armourers & Brasiers Gauntlet Trust Travel Grant (2013)

George C. Marshall Scholarship (2011 – 2013)

Howard G. Clark Award (2011)

Duke University Pratt Undergraduate Research Fellow (2010 – 2011)

Alice M. Baldwin Scholar (2007 – 2011)

The General Electric Employee Federal Credit Union Scholarship (2009 – 2011)

Frederick K. Kilian Memorial Scholarship Recipient (2007 – 2011)

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Recipient (2007 – 2011)

New York State Girls Swim & Dive Scholar Athlete of the Year Scholarship Award Recipient (2007)

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