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Jefferson Overlin


Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry (2015)
Hometown: Silverton, Oregon
PhD Advisor: Rene Olivares-Navarrete, DDS, PhD
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering


Research Interests:

Jefferson's current research interests reside in the field of immunology and how the immune system regulates wound healing, tissue regeneration, and interactions with biomedical implants. He is also interested in the signaling pathways that drive cell interactions with the extracellular matrix, and how mechanical properties of tissues play a role in cellular phenotype.

Personal Bio:

Jefferson grew up on the move, living in Iowa, Oregon, and Virginia before attending college at VCU for biomedical engineering. In his free time, Jefferson enjoys music, cooking, and watching movies. He also enjoys reading about astronomy, aviation, and watchmaking. Above all, he enjoys various outdoor activities like scuba diving, camping, and fishing, as is standard for Oregonians.

Professional, Leadership, and Service Activities:

VCU MD-PhD Student Council, G1 Representative
VCU American Physician Scientists Association


Aduba DC Jr, Overlin JW, Frierson CD, Bowlin GL, Yang H. 2015. Electrospinning of PEGylated polyamidoamine dendrimer fibers. Mater Sci Eng C Mater Biol Appl. 56: 189-194. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2015.06.025.

Abstracts, Posters, and Presentations:

Burtch EJ, Overlin JW, Hotchkiss KM, Olivares-Navarrete R. The Effects of Substrate Stiffness and ECM Protein Coating on Macrophage Activation. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting. October 2016. (Poster)

Dosaj A, Turnage CP, Overlin JW. A Device for the Objective Assessment of ADHD Using Eye Movements. VCU School of Engineering Senior Design Expo. May 2015. (Presentation)(Poster)

Aduba DC Jr, Overlin JW, Frierson CD, Bowlin GL, Yang H. Electrospinning of Dendrimers as a New Bioengineered Scaffold. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting. October 2014. (Poster)

Overlin JW, Turnage CP, Wetzel PA. Eye Tracking: A Novel Tool for Objective Assessment of mTBI. Virginia Academy of Science Annual Meeting. May 2014. (Presentation)

Overlin JW, Wetzel PA. Eye Tracking: An Objective Approach for Detection and Assessment of mTBI. 38th Annual Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference. May 2014. (Presentation)