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Stroka, Kimberly

Stroka, Kimberly

Assistant Professor
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
3110 A. James Clark Hall


B.S., Physics, Denison University (2006)

Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Maryland, College Park (2011)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University (2012-2014)


2018.  Faculty Teaching Award, UMD Fischell Department of Bioengineering

2017.  Outstanding Young Scientist Award, Maryland Academy of Sciences

2017.  Research and Scholarship Award, UMD Graduate School

2016.  Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award, UMD Fischell Department of Bioengineering

2014.  Burroughs Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interface

2014.  Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award, Biomedical Engineering Society

2014.  Cell paper selected to Faculty1000Prime

2014.  Johns Hopkins University Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Postdoctoral Fellow Award for Excellence

2013.  NIH NRSA F32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Cancer Institute, 4th percentile

2013.  Journal of Cell Biology paper selected to Faculty1000Prime

2013.  Selected for Distinguished Young Scholars Seminar Series, University of Washington Chemical Engineering Department (1 of 8 nationwide)

2012.  NIH NRSA T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship for NanoTechnology in Cancer Medicine

2010.  NIH NRSA F31 Predoctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

2006.  NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

2006.  President’s Medal, Denison University, (1 of 5 selected by University President)

2006.  Phi Beta Kappa, Academic Honors Society

2005.  Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

2004.  Anderson Science Scholarship, Full Tuition, Denison University (1 recipient per year)

2004.  Sigma Pi Sigma, Physics Honors Society

2004.  Pi Mu Epsilon, Mathematics Honors Society

2002.  University Scholarship, ¾ Tuition, Denison University


Quantitative cell mechanobiology; biomechanics; microfluidic devices for modeling physiological systems; nano/microtechnology; live cell imaging

The Cell and Microenvironment Engineering Lab is focused on understanding the interplay betwen mechanical and biochemical cues from the celluar microenvironment on cellular behavior during normal homeostasis, progression of diseases, and therapeutic treatments. We engineer cells and their microenvironment in order to create model systems that allow us to systematically understand fundamental aspects of cell and tissue mechanobiology, with the long-term goals of advancing scientific knowledge and directing new therapeutic strategies for diseases. 

See Google Scholar Profile for current list of publications.

Jay Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award

BIOE assistant professor recognized for efforts to develop new class of biotherapeutics.

Stroka Named Outstanding Young Scientist by the Maryland Science Center

BIOE assistant professor honored for tumor cell migration research.

BIOE Researchers Draw New Connections between Brain Environment, Breast Cancer Metastasis

Stroka Lab sheds light on factors leading to breast cancer metastasis.

Gray Wins Dr. Mabel S. Spencer Award for Graduate Achievement

BIOE Ph.D. student recognized for efforts to develop therapies for diseases of the central nervous system.

BIOE Capstone 2017: Projects Focus on Pediatric Care, Physical Therapy, Pulmonary Tumors, and More

BIOE hosted it's largest-ever Capstone Design competition on May 10th, 2017.

BioE Capstone 2016: New Projects Focus on Improved Healthcare for Underserved Communities, Pediatric Patients, and More

Affordable RT-PCR for clinical diagnostics, fear mitigation device for pediatric MRIs tie for first place.

Gray Named 2014 Fischell Fellow

BioE graduate student working to develop blood-brain barrier-on-a-chip.

Stroka Awarded BMES 2014 Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award

Newly appointed BIOE Assistant Professor Kimberly Stroka recognized for published work.

Stroka Awarded BWF Career Award

BioE Assistant Professor Kimberly Stroka recognized for blood-brain barrier mechanobiology research.

Novel Biophysical Models Help Explain Mechanics of Cardiovascular Disease

Stroka, Aranda-Espinoza publish results in Blood.

Stroka Wins NIH Grant for Cardiovascular Research

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award will fund work on the biophysics of cell transmigration through the vascular endothelium.