Dr. Kirschner earned her BS with highest distinction in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in 2006 with internship experience at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. This was followed by an MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida in 2008 and 2010, respectively, where her doctoral research focused on developing biomaterials to control adhesion of both marine fouling organisms and mammalian cells. Dr. Kirschner completed an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Anseth Research Group where she developed user-controlled, dynamically tunable biomaterials to study mesenchymal stem cell differentiation and the progression of heart disease in a valvular interstitial cell model. Dr. Kirschner is currently Manager of Product Development and a Research Scientist at Sharklet Technologies, Inc. In this role she has worked to complete research and development for medical devices that use bio-inspired surface texture to control biological adhesion.