Dr. Rachelle Palchesko received her B.S. in Biochem in 2006 Summa Cum Laude with a Provost’s Scholarship from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, Rachelle then received her Doctorate of Philosophy from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Duquesne University under the advisement of Dr. Ellen S. Gawalt. In 2011, Rachelle became a postdoctoral fellow at both the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh and the department of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University(CMU), where she worked in the labs of Dr. James L Funderburgh and Dr. Adam Feinberg, respectively. From 2013 to 2016, Rachelle worked as a postdoctoral fellow solely in the lab of Dr. Adam Feinberg, until she was promoted to a Special Faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at CMU under the direction of Dr. Feinberg. Rachelle has taught courses at CMU focusing on Engineering Biomaterials, Polymeric Biomaterials, and Tissue Engineering.