Dillon Jarrell wins 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Mitchell Bordelon

Dillon Jarrell will be graduating from Colorado State University in May 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering, with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. He will be pursuing a PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where he will be developing pediatric heart patches using host stem cells.

During his undergraduate studies, he has conducted research in both academia and industry. In academia, his four-year tenure in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Gentile has helped resolve the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases via the endoplasmic reticulum.

In the pharmaceutical industry, Dillon has designed experiments, conducted high-throughput drug candidate screens, and given formal presentations recommending specific compounds for clinical trial testing to treat chronic heart disease.

In the energy sector, Dillon worked to scale up a chemical reactor system designed to produce H2S-scrubbing slurry for use in the natural gas industry. In addition to research and engineering, he stays busy at home with his wife, Emily, and beautiful three-year-old daughter, Olivia.