Meet Our Students


Emily A. Kalaf


Advisor/Mentor: Gary Bledsoe
Graduate Education @ SLU
Program Start: Fall 2013



Emily Kalaf (née: Growney) is currently the Biomedical Engineering Technician at Parks College, where she runs the Atomic Force Microscope, instructs undergraduate BME laboratory courses, and assists with various other research-related functions for the laboratories in the BME building.  Emily received her undergraduate engineering education from The Catholic University of America in 2005 and her M.S. in Engineering from Saint Louis University in 2013, both degrees in the field of Biomedical Engineering. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering under the tutelage of Dr. J. Gary Bledsoe and Dr. Scott A. Sell.  


Emily’s main research area is biomechanics and regenerative medicine, with a particular emphasis on the intervertebral disc, the mechanisms behind degenerative disc disease, and the potential for regenerating damaged and degenerated intervertebral discs through the use of cells incorporated within injectable alginate scaffolds.