Claire Gianakas-Graduate Student

Claire received her B.S. in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2017. As an undergraduate she worked in Dr. William de Groat’s lab at the University of Pittsburgh where she studied how ATP released from the urothelium contributes to the initiation of inflammatory responses in the urinary bladder during endotoxin-induced cystitis. After graduation, Claire entered the Pharmacology program at Duke. In the Sherwood lab she is working on understanding the mechanisms behind basement membrane flexibility. Outside of lab Claire is an avid reader and is working on expanding her personal library. When she isn’t reading or in lab, she enjoys classic black and white movies, discovering new restaurants, and traveling.