Status: PhD student
Hometown: Uniondale, Long Island, NY
Department: Macromolecular Sciences and Engineering
PhD student Yasmine Doleyres is hoping to conquer breast cancer through engineering research. She combines principles of tissue engineering and drug delivery to make improvements in breast cancer treatment and other soft tissue defects. Yasmine uses unique microsphere scaffolds in the lab to produce connective tissue with blood vessels, while nanospheres simultaneously target residual cancer cells.
Yasmine came to Michigan for graduate school because she enjoys the research happening in her discipline, and would like to gain flexibility in industry while still leaving herself the opportunity to teach later on. For now, she aims to work for a pharmaceutical company and translate biomaterials research into industry after graduation.
Yasmine is a dedicated member of the Society of Minority Engineers and Scientists-Graduate Component, a social and academic network within Michigan’s College of Engineering that connects graduate students of color. She held the program’s co-chair position during her second year at school, and continues to stay active through attending monthly meetings, recruiting new members, and volunteering with SMES-G.
When she’s not in the lab, Yasmine volunteers as a mentor for youths through Big Brothers Big Sisters, plays the piano and flute, runs, and practices Capoeria, a Brazilian martial art that incorporates dance and acrobatics.