Michael TurturroPhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
A visit to IIT as a high school student participating in the Camras Scholars weekend set Michael Turturro’s future in motion. He recalls attending the biomedical engineering information session that weekend and a presentation by the department chair. “Until that moment, I had never heard of BME, but by the end of Dr. Vince Turitto’s talk, I knew that I had found the path of my future,” says Turturro. “From then on, I never looked back.” Fascinated by the interdisciplinary nature of studying the human body inherent to biomedical engineering and BME’s potential for solving some of society’s biggest medical problems, Turturro excelled in the discipline and within the department, quickly taking a position as research assistant, working to set up teaching labs, and publishing research as an undergraduate.
Now a doctoral candidate studying the use of polyethylene glycol hydrogels to direct angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels, Turturro is on the cutting edge of one of the newest fields in engineering and medical/biological science. Although he is working toward a career in regenerative medicine, Turturro does not spend all his time in the laboratory. Through IIT’s Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Turturro has also been involved in an outreach initiative designed to help middle school science teachers from the Chicago Public Schools system to obtain a master’s degree and a physical science endorsement.