School of Engineering
Advisor: Syam P. Nukavarapu
When Deborah Dorcemus was little, she wanted superpowers so she could save the world. Her goals today have changed…but not that much. She still wants to save the world. Only now she wants to do it through biomedical engineering.
Deborah is currently conducting research on osteochondral (bone/cartilage) repair with UConn Health Center’s Institute for Regenerative Engineering, where she completed an internship as an undergrad.
“For many physicians the repair of the bone/cartilage interface is still a challenge,” she says. “For the next few years I will spend my time learning more about this interface, and will hopefully design a method of regeneration that could help optimize recovery.”
Although her graduate studies keep her busy, she still finds time to serve as a mentor for the School of Engineering’s First in Family Energy Scholars program. Her other hobbies include running, hiking, and cooking.
As an undergrad, the Danbury, CT, native was active in the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), serving as secretary, vice president, and president. During that time she also took part in two research internships at Danbury Hospital.
Deborah’s pursuit of a career in health care began back in high school, where she completed a Certified Nursing Assistant program. Still interested in medicine, she is now focusing on how it can be combined with technology to develop health-care solutions.
Today when you ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she’ll tell you about her plans to save the word, “one solution at a time.”
Biography done by Cathleen Torrisi