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Stella Alimperti, PhD

Title: Associate Professor

Company: Georgetown University

Education: PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo (2014); Diploma in Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (2006)

Career History: Associate Professor, Georgetown University (2022-Present); Principal Investigator, American Dental Association/National Institute of Standards and Technology (2018-2022); Postdoctoral Researcher, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (2014-2017); Collaborator, Biogen (2015-2016); Research Assistant, University at Buffalo (2008-2014); Collaborator, Invitrogen (2011-2013); Quality Control Analyst/Internship, Pillsbury, General Mills, Greece (2006-2007); Chemistry Analyst, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (2005)

Stella Alimperti, PhD, Associate Professor at Georgetown University, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of education.

Graduating with a diploma in chemical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 2006, Dr. Alimperti gained experience as a chemistry analyst at Bundesanstalt duer Materialforschung und –pruefung in Germany and a quality control analyst and intern at Pillsbury and General Mills in Greece before relocating to the United States. Being in a male-dominated profession such as engineering was challenging, but she decided to pursue a PhD despite the obstacles. She enrolled in the University of Buffalo in 2007 and studied in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, where she learned about tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Throughout her studies, she gained further firsthand experience as a research assistant at the institution and as a collaborator at Invitrogen.

Upon earning a PhD in chemical and biological engineering in 2014, Dr. Alimperti traveled to Boston and engaged in biomedical engineering as a postdoctoral researcher at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and a collaborator at Biogen. With particular expertise in bioengineering with a focus on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, she served as a principal investigator for the American Dental Association/National Institute of Standards and Technology for four years before joining Georgetown University as an associate professor in 2022. At the university, she works predominantly in the laboratory and tends to her postdocs and students; she teaches and mentors them in numerous disciplines, including 3D bioprinting, data, how to interpret data, manuscripts, and writing grants. She also strives to have at least one meeting with her postdocs and her students.

Among her numerous achievements in her career so far, Dr. Alimperti—a prolific contributor of papers and articles in highly-read scientific publications, including the Journal of Cell Science, Biotechnology Progress, and the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology—her notable was seeing her name and scientific contribution in her first publication: “Lentiviral Microarrays for Real-time Monitoring of Gene Expression Dynamic,” which she co-authored for Lab on a Chip Journal in 2010.  When she saw that published, she felt she was impacting society. It motivated her to continue and work even harder to contribute more to science and research.

A dedicated member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, International Society for Stem Cell Research, American Heart Association, and Biomedical Engineering Society, Dr. Alimperti looks to the future wanting to bring more engineers into the dental and musculoskeletal arena as well as increase her research publication rate.

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