I received my BS from Marquette University (EE and BME), and my PhD from Vanderbilt University (BME). I’ve been involved in research at the medical school, and have been teaching on both medical school and Danforth campuses at Washington University in St. Louis since 1999. I helped create the capstone senior design class for the BME department in 1999, and have continued to teach the class for the last 24 years. I have also become the unofficial liaison between the BME students and industry. During the last 5 years I have helped create a summer internship program targeted at biotech startups in the St. Louis business ecosystem.