I am Amy Ross, bioengineer and budding mad scientist!
I graduated from DePaul University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I worked in healthcare for eight years in support roles and discovered what I was most interested in was the technology and innovation in healthcare. I loved reading about new surgical techniques and new treatments for diseases and was continually amazed at what was possible. I decided to get my Master’s degree in Bioengineering.
The journey to getting my degree was difficult. Not many people go from a liberal arts to graduate engineering. I had to enroll in a number of undergrad science and math classes. In some cases, I got the textbook and read material in lieu of taking the class. I started graduate coursework in 2009 and began research in controlled drug delivery in early 2010. My project involved optimizing an implantable MMP-2 triggered hydrogel based drug delivery system and assessing MMP-2 penetration into the hydrogel. I defended my thesis in August 2011.
Why this blog? I am passionate about arousing interest in science to the general population. I envisioned discussing my own research- ups and downs included-as a way to show what life in research is like, and practice communicating ideas to laypeople. And sharing things for fun every now and then.
Outside of the lab, I volunteer at a local no-kill cat shelter. I also enjoy baking, Scrabble, science fiction, and spending time with my husband Dave.