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Sarah Stabenfeldt

Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 9709
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 9709
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 9709
Biography

Sarah Stabenfeldt received her bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Saint Louis University and her doctorate in bioengineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She was awarded an National Institutes of Health (NIH) NRSA pre-doctoral fellowship for her doctoral thesis research on developing neural tissue engineering therapies for traumatic brain injury. As a NIH postdoctoral fellow at Emory University School of Medicine and Georgia Tech, she investigated fibrin-derived peptide-protein binding interactions, designing fibrin-based wound healing therapeutics. She joined Arizona State University’s School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering as an assistant professor in 2011 and leads her research team in developing regenerative medicine strategies for acute neural injury. Since joining ASU, Stabenfeldt has been awarded the Arizona Biomedical Research Consortium Early Stage Investigator Award, the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, and a National Science Founcation (NSF) CAREER Award. 

Education
  • Ph.D. Bioengineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Saint Louis University
Research Interests

Each year in the United States over 1.7 million individuals will experience a traumatic or ischemic-related brain injury, with 350,000 persons sustaining a severe to moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) and an additional 800,000 people suffering from stroke. Our laboratory specifically focuses on (1) engineering novel targeted diagnostic and therapeutic (‘theranostic’) biomaterials for neural injury/disease and (2) identifying endogenous neural stem cell homing mechanisms after injury and incorporating such biosignals into tissue-engineered matrices. 

Research Activity
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
MIC 492Honors Directed Study
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
MIC 493Honors Thesis
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BME 592Research
BME 599Thesis
BDE 792Research
BME 792Research
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BME 592Research
BME 599Thesis
BME 792Research
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
MIC 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
MIC 493Honors Thesis
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BME 592Research
BME 598Special Topics
BME 599Thesis
BME 792Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 318Biomaterials
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
MIC 492Honors Directed Study
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BME 590Reading and Conference
BME 593Applied Project
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 592Research
BME 593Applied Project
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 318Biomaterials
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
MIC 495Undergraduate Research
BME 590Reading and Conference
BME 593Applied Project
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-BMEThe ASU Experience
BME 318Biomaterials
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 593Applied Project
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 590Reading and Conference
BME 593Applied Project
BME 598Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-BMEThe ASU Experience
BME 318Biomaterials
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 593Applied Project
Honors / Awards
  1. SBHSE Metin Akay Graduate Service Award, Arizona State University, April 2019
  2. Emerging Leader, Journal of Biological Engineering, February 2019
  3. Fulton Exemplar Faculty (Selected among the top 10% of Engineering Faculty), Arizona State University, May 2018
  4. Emerging Investigator, Biomaterials Science, July 2017
  5. Emerging Investigator, Journal of Materials Chemistry, B, April 2017
  6. PLuS Alliance Fellow, Arizona State University, 2016-2019
  7. William J. Dorsen Jr. Excellence in Research Award, Arizona State University, April 2016
  8. Outstanding Junior Faculty Poster Award, GRC Biomaterials & Tissue Eng., July 2015.
  9. National Science Foundation CAREER Award, April 2015.
  10. National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award, October 2014.
  11. Arizona Biomedical Research Consortium Early Stage Investigator Award, Sept 2014.
Editorships
  1. Associate Editor - Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, May 2019 - Present 
  2. Editorial Board – Member, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research – Part A, January 2019 – Present
  3. Editorial Board – Member, Acta Biomaterialia, December 2018 – Present
Professional Associations

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Member

  • National Student Affairs Committee, Member (2011- 2015)
  • ASU BMES Student Chapter Faculty Mentor (2012-Present)

Society for Biomaterials (SFB), Member

  • Secretary-Treasurer Elect (2019-Present)
  • Special Interest Group Representative to Exec Board (2017-2019)
  • Chair of Engineering Cells and Their Microenvironments Special Interest Group (2015-2017)
  • Vice-Chair of Engineering Cells and Their Microenvironments Special Interest Group (2013- 2015)

National Neurotrauma Society, Member