Elizabeth Vargis, PhD

 I am an Assistant Professor in Biological Engineering at Utah State University. I received a BS in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, an MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and then completed a postdoctoral appointment at the Oak Ridge National Lab. As an engineer, I am interested in studying mechanisms of disease by developing realistic, in vitro models of human tissue. The NIH, the Department of Energy, the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and the Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium have supported my research group. I am also the faculty advisor for the Biomedical Engineering Society and Society of Women Engineers. I have been recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Mentor in the College of Engineering and received the Early Career Award from the University’s Center for Women and Gender. I live in Logan, UT with my spouse, two young children, and two mischievous dogs.