User:Whitney L. Stoppel

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Contact Info

  • Whitney L. Stoppel
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 159 Goessmann Lab
  • 686 N. Pleasant St.
  • Amherst, MA, 01003 USA
  • Email me through OpenWetWare

I am a graduate student in pursuit of my PhD in the Roberts Lab in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I learned about OpenWetWare from a colleague, and I've joined because my advisor, Susan C. Roberts, suggested that I create and edit our group website.


Research interests

  • My research is in the field of biomaterials and tissue engineering. Specifically, I focus on methods to enhance oxygen transport to mammalian cells in both 2-D and 3-D cell cultures. Currently, my biomaterial of choice is alginate, a natural biopolymer derived from brown algae. Further information can be found at the Roberts Lab website.


Stoppel, W.L., White, J.C., Horava, S.D., Bhatia, S.R. and Roberts, S.C. (2011) Transport of biological molecules in surfactant-alginate composite hydrogels. Acta Biomaterialia. PubMed

Choudhary, S., White, J.C., Stoppel, W.L., Roberts, S.C. and Bhatia, S.R. (2011) Gelation behavior of polysaccharide-based interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) hydrogels. Rheologica acta 50, 1-14. SpringerLink

Current and Former Undergraduates

  • Sarena Horava, UMass Amherst and Commonwealth College Honors Grant recipient(multiple)
  • Nathan Bade, Colorado School of Mines, ICE REU Student
  • Vanessa Mukania, UMass Amherst, College of Engineering REU Student
  • Gayla Berg, UMass Amherst
  • Johanna Redden, University of Connecticut, ICE REU Student (profile)
  • Meenal Datta, UMass Amherst


Throughout my graduate career, I have been funded by the Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Program through an NIH T32 graduate traineeship and by the Institute for Cellular Engineering (ICE) through multiple travel grants and an NSF IGERT graduate fellowship.

My work has also been advanced through the help of many undergraduates and REU students, who have been supported by the Commonwealth Honors College, UMass College of Engineering REU program, and the UMass ICE REU program.

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