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OSA / MRS Congressional Fellowship

Materials Research Society / Optical Society of America


Term: September 2006 - August 2007
Kevin Whittlesey

Kevin Whittlesey earned his PhD in biological sciences from Northwestern University in 2005. His dissertation research in neural tissue engineering developed a biomaterials-based strategy to treat spinal cord injury. Prior to his graduate work, Kevin spent three years working for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, first as a pre-doctoral fellow and subsequently as a staff biologist.

Upon completing his doctorate, Kevin was introduced to science policy at the National Academies as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow with the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law. Kevin then served as a post-doctoral fellow with Aastrom Biosciences, where he worked with the Stem Cell Biology Group to examine the potential for adult human bone marrow-derived stem cells to regenerate bone and neural tissue for clinical applications.

Kevin has a deep interest in science education. He has been involved in numerous education and outreach programs since early in his undergraduate career. Kevin looks forward to the unique opportunity that the Congressional Fellowship presents and applying the experience to pursue a career in science education policy.