- BS, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
- MSc, Biomedical Engineering, Yale University, 2009
- MPhil, Biomedical Engineering, Yale University, 2011
- PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Yale University, 2012
Margaret Bennewitz earned her BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. While at Pittsburgh, she received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship as a result of her independent research under Dr. Timothy Corcoran. Through analyzing computed tomography and mucociliary clearance scans of cystic fibrosis patients, Margaret was able to determine how attenuation and clearance rates varied according to lung region and disease progression.
Following graduation, Margaret attended Yale University, where she earned her MSc, MPhil, and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering. At Yale, Margaret gained experience in MRI cell tracking and drug delivery. Her PhD work, conducted in Dr. Erik Shapiro’s lab, focused on the development of cellular and molecular MRI approaches for detection of glioblastoma multiforme.
Specifically, her work has shown the promise of micron-sized iron oxide particles for tracking tumor-tropic mesenchymal stem cells and of novel pH sensitive polymeric inorganic manganese oxide nano- and microparticles as alternative contrast agents for MRI cell tracking. As an M+Visión Fellow, Margaret focused on research to improve patient quality of life.