Alumna Adrianne Rosales Accepts Texas ChE Faculty Appointment

Alumna and new Texas ChE assistant professor Adrienne Rosales poses in front of a landscape.Alumna Adrianne Rosales has accepted an offer to join the faculty of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering as an assistant professor beginning fall 2017.

Rosales received her B.S. in chemical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering at UC Berkeley in 2013. She is currently a National Institute of Health postdoctoral fellow in the Anseth Research Group at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Her research interests include polymeric materials for applications in human health and environmental sustainability.

Rosales was recently awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface (CASI) for her work with dynamic viscoelastic hydrogels to study mechanisms of fibrosis. Her research aims to understand the effect of matrix stiffening or softening on relevant cell types, which has the potential to develop new strategies to reverse fibrotic disease phenotypes and influence current efforts in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. She is one of 10 recipients of the award this year.

“Adrianne’s selection for this fiercely competitive award not only presents her with an outstanding opportunity as she transitions toward her faculty career, but it also recognizes the novelty of her research plans at the interface of materials and biology,” Dr. Thomas Truskett, chairman of the department, said.

The CASI program identifies early-career researchers skilled in engineering, chemical, physical, mathematical, and computational fields, providing $500,000 over five years, as well as job placement mentoring and professional networking resources, to help them transition from postdoctoral training into faculty research careers.

“UT Austin excels at both undergraduate and graduate education, and it produces first-class research from departments across the whole university,” Rosales said. “I’m excited to contribute to my alma mater as an assistant professor, and I can’t wait to work with so many talented students, faculty and staff.”

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