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Graduate and Medical Student Research

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Research Fellows

As a department of the School of Medicine, we support and integrate the research of graduate students from several disciplines. We have recently collaborated in and supported the research of PhD and Master's level graduate engineering students emphasizing biomechanics and other bioengineering specifically related to orthopedics. We have also recently had a Postdoctoral Fellow with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering working in our labs.

Kara Hageman, MPH

Kara A. Hageman, MPH
Madison & Lila Self Graduate Fellow, 2020-2024
The University of Kansas | Bioengineering Graduate Program

Kara earned a B.S. (2018) in biomedical engineering with a focus in biomaterials and minors in chemistry, and polymer science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, OH. Following her undergraduate studies, she earned both a Masters of Public Health and a Masters of Bioethics and Medical Humanities (2020) from CWRU.

Kara's research involves investigating better methods to prevent prosthetic joint infection in orthopedic implants by utilizing bone cement as a drug delivery system.


Second-Year KU Medical Student Summer Research Training Program

Under this program, medical students spend the summer between their first and second year of medical school participating in research projects, while gaining hands on research experience. These projects are performed under the direction of and in collaboration with the orthopedic surgery faculty. Many medical students continue to participate in research throughout the year.

Spencer Finkbiner, M2, KUMC School of Medicine 

Spencer graduated from the University of Kansas, summa cum laude, in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering.

Spencer's research project is focused on optimizing antibiotic delivery from PMMA bone cement by modifying current mixing protocols and exploring new cement mixing techniques.

Last modified: Jul 14, 2021