Building Cancer Models with Creative Collaborators

Jennifer Munson shares how teamwork and collaboration have fostered her research at the intersection of creativity and clinical discovery.

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Deanna MacNeil, PhD

Deanna is a medical writer who earned their PhD in cellular biology from McGill University in 2020. They joined The Scientist's Creative Services Team as an intern in 2022.

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Jennifer Munson is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech. Her overarching research goal is to find new therapeutic targets in the tumor microenvironment by examining cancer from an onco-engineering perspective. Munson’s work combines fluid mechanics, neuroengineering, tissue engineering, and translational cancer research. She creates personalized models of brain and breast cancer with patient-derived cells to examine the roles of interstitial fluid flow and cellular microenvironment components in cancer progression and treatment. In this episode, Deanna MacNeil from The Scientist's Creative Services Team spoke to Jennifer Munson about how collaboration drives her research at the intersection of creativity and clinical discovery.

Science Philosophy in a Flash is a series of mini podcasts produced by The Scientist’s Creative Services Team. With a focus on the people behind the science, this podcast highlights researchers’ unique outlook on what motivates their pursuit of science and what it means to be a scientist. 

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Jennifer Munson, PhD
Associate Professor
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute 
Virginia Tech