R. Chase Cornelison, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
My hometown of Tullahoma, TN, is known to few outside the area, despite also being home to the largest flight simulation complex in the world. The proximity to an air force base meant the importance and excitement of science and math were stressed throughout my childhood education, and I only wanted to learn more.
After high school I became the first in my family to attend college. I received my B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2011 from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. I then pursued graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin working with Dr. Christine Schmidt developing new biomaterials for spinal cord injury repair. During this time, I helped relocate the lab to the University of Florida where Dr. Schmidt is now the Chair of Biomedical Engineering. I completed my Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from UT Austin in 2015.
Since joining the Munson lab, my research efforts have focused on (1) demonstrating that increased interstitial fluid flow stimulates brain cancer cell invasion in vivo, (2) discovering novel interactions between interstitial flow and the brain tumor microenvironment, and (3) using biomaterials to manipulate interstitial flow and improve degenerative cognitive function. The results of these projects have profound implications in not only cancer but a broad range of neuropathologies.
(4) My other specialty would have to be relocating and setting up research labs: I helped lead the Munson lab relocation effort from UVA to VT in 2017. I am currently seeking a faculty position of my own, and they say the third time (read: move) is a charm, right?
In my spare time, I like to ride my road bike, go to the gym, cook, bake, and play with my ever-energetic English Springer Spaniel.