Ali Crampton (SRF Research Center)
Ali Crampton was awarded her degree in biomedical engineering at the University of California, Irvine in 2013 after just three years of study. During her time at UCI, she worked in the Cardiopulmonary Transport and Tissue Remodeling Laboratory developing a 3D in vitro model of human microvasculature for studying metastasis. Under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew O'Connor at the SRF Research Center, Ali studied ways to make mitochondrial DNA less susceptible to damage by expressing mitochondrial genes outside the mitochondria. She identified an mRNA sequence that efficiently localizes to the mitochondria and presented her findings at the SENS6 Conference at the University of Cambridge. Ali is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota.