Jaci earned her B.S. in Health Management Systems from Duquesne University in 2010. She then completed a Master’s in Medical Sciences from Boston University in 2012. In her master’s thesis, she investigated bioactive growth factor delivery from polymer-based microspheres into decellularized nerve allografts to enhance peripheral nerve regeneration. Following her masters, she worked at the University of Pittsburgh in an academic research lab under the guise of Dr. Kacey Marra and Dr. Peter Rubin. Her main research focus was various drug/growth factor/cell delivery techniques to enhance peripheral nerve and soft tissue regeneration. She returned to her studies to pursue her PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2016 at Carnegie Mellon University in the Regeneration Biomaterials and Therapeutics Group under the direction of Dr. Adam Feinberg. Her current research interests include cardiac tissue engineering, including stem cell differentiation, embryonic heart development, disease modelling, mechanical loading, and various tissue vascularization strategies.