|BME IGERT Fellow Conducts Research in Spain|
Tania Betancourt, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering and an NSF/IGERT Fellow spent the months of August and September 2005 at the University of Santiago de Compostela on a medical internship. She worked under the direction of Professor Maria José Alonso as a Visiting Scientist. Her research work on chemotherapeutic agents and novel methods of delivery is sponsored by the National Science Foundation through the IGERT program.
Tania Betancourt is one of 15 distinguished NSF Fellows supported by the National Science Foundation Program on Cellular and Molecular Imaging for Diagnostics and Therapeutics. This is a Program on Integrated Graduate Education Research and Training (IGERT) that was established at UT in 1998 and is presently in its eighth year of operation. IGERT Fellows have the option to obtain a "portfolio" diploma in this field after taking six required courses and completing a medical internship.
A graduate of the chemical engineering program of Texas A&M University, Tania joined the BME Department of UT in August 2003 and started working with Professor Brannon-Peppas in October 2003. During her medical internship, Tania visited Italy where she presented her recent studies at the World Congress of Microencapsulation in Parma, Italy. In addition, she presented her research at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in Cincinnati in November 2005.