Whitney Stoppel is an assistant professor in the department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida. She received her B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Tulane University, a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and a graduate certificate in Cellular Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and completed an NIH IRACDA postdoctoral fellowship in Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University.
Her current research centers on the development of all natural biomaterial platforms for investigating skeletal muscle disease and repair, delivering bioactive molecules to sites of injury or disease in vivo, and for the delivery of genetic materials into silk worms for engineering silk fibroin protein production. The Stoppel lab exploits the highly tunable mechanical and structural properites of silk fibroin proteins to address pressing clinical problems and lead to fundamental investigation of disease mechanisms in vitro.
Dr. Stoppel is the recent recipient of a Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research fund Discovery Award. At UF, Dr. Stoppel enjoys teaching Elementary Transport for undergraduate chemical engineers, serving as a chair of the Graduate Recruiting Committee and a member of the ChE DEI committee, as well as mentoring over 15 UF undergraduates in the laboratory since starting her lab in Fall 2018.