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Meet the team: Ushashi Dadwal

Meet the team: Ushashi Dadwal
Written by Ushashi Dadwal

Hi, everyone,

I’m Ushashi Dadwal, a new postdoctoral appointee in Dr. Kacena’s lab.

I received my PhD in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. For my dissertation work, I studied how tumor cells behave on different rigidities, i.e., would certain tumor cells prefer rigid surfaces like the bone or softer tissue like breast? I used a 3D printing sacrificial mold methodology to make the rigid vs soft tissue mimics.

I relocated to Indiana University School of Medicine for my postdoctoral work in the research lab of Uma Sankar, PhD, and to expand my knowledge of molecular biology.

I just recently started in Dr. Kacena’s lab to gain experience in fracture healing within the aging population. Within two months of joining the lab, I have caught “space fever” and am excited to participate in the upcoming studies at NASA Kennedy Space Center at Orlando, Florida.


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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a communications coordinator for the Indiana University School of Medicine, where she supports the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Department of Ophthalmology. Having earned degrees in journalism and telecommunications from Ball State University, Caitlin worked for newspapers in Indiana and Michigan before joining the Office of Strategic Communications. Her goal is to use creative writing and marketing to effectively share stories about the important work happening within the school.