Elizabeth Stephens

Hertz Fellow: Elizabeth Stephens

Rice University

Area of Study

Biotechnology, Materials Science; Heart Valves

Fellowship Years

2006 - 2010

After two years of medical school, Elizabeth started her PhD in bioengineering at Rice in 2005. Elizabeth’s research was primarily in congenital heart disease and characterizing pediatric valves’ biological and mechanical properties for application in a tissue engineered heart valve.

Currently Elizabeth has returned to medical school at Baylor College of Medicine to do her clinical rotations (she is a MD/PhD student). Elizabeth will be graduating from medical school in December 2011 and will be doing cardiac-related research at Stanford from January–July 2012 before starting her residency in cardiothoracic surgery in July 2012.

Elizabeth’s other interests include piano, art and hiking.


2010 - Composition, Turnover, and Mechanics of Extracellular Matrix in Developing, Aging, and Pathological Valves for Application in the Design of Age-specific Tissue Engineered Heart Valves