Chelsea Fries


BME Doctoral Candidate, President of BME PhD Student Association, Duke Basketball Usher

Chelsea grew up on a horse ranch in Southern California where she learned a love for the outdoors and animals of all kinds. Looking to spread her wings from her west coast roots, she took off to Chicago to study Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. After getting her dose of the big city, Chelsea is thrilled to live in Durham where she can run through the forest and swim in the river with her dog Samwise (yes, like Gamgee). When not spending time outdoors, Chelsea loves to cook and visit local coffee shops.


Recipient of the Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering (CBTE) Fellowship

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BS in Biomedical Engineering with honors from Northwestern University (2016)

Research Interests

  • Designing helical peptides to control the lengthwise assembly of coiled-coil nanofibers
  • Incorporating viral proteins into nanofiber assemblies for vaccines against infectious diseases