Ellen Weburg

Image of

I have grown in up in various places throughout the Midwest, but Detroit, Michigan was my home for the longest. As an undergraduate, I explored research in astrophysics, hydraulics, mechanical engineering, and cancer biology, before settling in biomedical engineering. I was drawn to tissue engineering after participating in an REU with EBICS at M.I.T. developing three-dimensional endothelial cell scaffolds. After receiving a B.A. in Engineering Science and a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Dartmouth College in June 2014, I joined the Truskey lab! Outside of lab, I’m involved in Duke’s BioCORE program and the SENSOR Saturday Academy.

My research at Duke focuses on investigating the potential use of tissue engineered blood vessels (TEBVs) as tools for disease modeling in vitro. I am particularly interested in the behavior of TEBVs when exposed to physiological stressors, like a high fat diet or oxidative stress. Ultimately, my goals are to model both aging and the early stages of atherosclerosis in vitro using TEBVs. In addition to my scientific research, I am also interested in the ways that cutting edge engineering research can be incorporated into teaching at the high school level, as well as in activities accessible to the general public. I spent the summer of 2015 working as a science educator for the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, VT where I developed new activities for kids ages 8+ related to engineering science and problem solving. I hope to use this experience to develop programming for the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science and local high schools based on the research done in the Truskey lab.

In my free time I enjoy playing the ukulele and Legend of Zelda (but not at the same time) and looking for good places to hike with my newly adopted dog Maple!

Contact Information:

  • Office Location: Fitzpatrick CIEMAS1345
  • Office Phone: 919-613-9127
  • Email Address: ellen.weburg@duke.edu