Rachel Chapla, Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, CEDAR, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine


Rachel Chapla joins CEDAR as a postdoctoral scholar, where she will work with Dr. Carolyn Schutt Ibsen in designing advanced biomaterials for modeling cancerous tissue and for therapeutic applications.  Rachel recently earned her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Duke University, where she developed synthetic hydrogels to model aspects of native soft tissue by manipulating hydrogel compliance and by incorporating temporally-controlled reversible biochemical signal presentation.  Prior to graduate research, Rachel developed an interest in polymeric biomaterials while earning a B.S. in textile engineering at North Carolina State University.  Outside of the lab, Rachel enjoys trail running, drinking coffee, and both playing and watching soccer.  Beyond furthering her biomaterials research experience, Rachel is most excited about working at CEDAR because of the collaborative nature of the center, as well as its focus on translation and clinical impact.



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