Campus Location: Genome & Biomedical Sciences Facility
Location of Event: UC Davis Campus
Event Type: Lectures and Seminars
Presented by: Olivia Lanier, Ph.D. University of Texas
Hosted by: Department of Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Olivia Lanier is a researcher specializing in drug delivery, biomaterials, and nanotechnology, with a focus on applications for diseases associated with health disparities. Dr. Lanier received her B.S. in ChE from Ohio University where she researched novel drug development systems for inflammatory diseases. Then, she received her PhD in BME from the University of Florida (UF) in 2019 focusing on magnetically triggered delivery of placental proteins for wound healing. Subsequently, she was awarded the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and worked on ophthalmic drug delivery applications. Dr. Lanier is currently working with Dr. Nicholas Peppas as a Provost Early Career Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) on a range of social and medical problems related to the delivery of therapeutics. She is the author of 16 peer-reviewed publications, has presented her research in more than 15 national and international conferences, and has been awarded numerous awards for her research and work in DEI including the Ford Foundation Fellowship and an NSF Emerging STEM Scholar Award. Dr. Lanier is an advocate for women and historically excluded groups in STEM. In these pursuits she co-founded the Inclusion Diversity Equity and Access student organization for BME and the DEI board for the College of Engineering at UF, and has served on the DEI Board for her departments at CSM and UT. Additionally, she is passionate about inclusive teaching and mentorship, has taught the first health equity course at UT BME, and has mentored 23 undergraduate students in the laboratory.