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Accelerated B.S./Ph.D. Program: Alumna
Amanda Lund
Biology

Amanda Lund has proven herself to be a team-player – as a student athlete and a researcher.

“It was very important to me to continue pursuing my many interests while in college. At RPI, I have been able to participate in academics, sports, research, and more while taking advantage of the advanced Ph.D. opportunity,” says Lund. “The atmosphere around campus is encouraging because you realize that everyone here has ideas about what they can do.”

On the field, she served as co-captain and goalie of the Rensselaer field hockey team, which has repeatedly been recognized as the Division III team with the highest grade point average in the country. Lund was chosen for the association’s National Academic Squad during all four seasons of play. She also ranked as one of the best goaltenders in the Liberty League, near the top in categories including save percentage and shutouts.

In the laboratory, she is applying a novel method to find ways to develop adult stem cells into bone cells. She works with an interdisciplinary Rensselaer research team, led by assistant professor of biology and her adviser George Plopper and including faculty and students from the fields of biomedical engineering, biology, mathematical sciences, electrical, computer, and systems engineering, and computer science.

“Amanda is a very bright student who takes initiative as a researcher,” says Plopper. “She identifies what needs to be done and then goes ahead and finds a way to do it. She thrives on the interaction between disciplines and is helping to bridge our lab with other collaborative groups.”

Lund , who was listed as the third author on a peer-reviewed research paper in Biotechnology and Bioengineering last year, feels as though she has gotten a head start on her career. After earning her Ph.D., she’s interested in working in the biotechnology industry. “It’s important to me that my research is more than basic biology, but that it has potential medical applications,” she says. “I feel as though I’ll come out of this academic experience with a practical perspective.”

Lund says she has always been curious about what is happening in the natural world around her.

“I participated in events called ‘invention conventions’ in elementary school and won the state competitions a few times. I still remember the berry bucket I made one year,” she laughs. “It included a funnel so that berries wouldn’t fall out while you were picking fruit.”

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