Winter Philibert

Shear Coincidences and Fixing Broken Mucociliary Escalators

Winter Philibert is a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student in the Department of Internal Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Mahmoud Abou Alaiwa. Her research examines the role of nitric oxide in cilia coordination, mucus rheology, and impacts of these two things on airway health with the goal of improving precision medicine and patient outcomes. Currently, she is involved with a pulmonary research group out of the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery building, working with a porcine model of Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD). Before coming to the University of Iowa, she received her B.S. in animal science from Iowa State University. After obtaining her Ph.D., she plans to pursue a career in industry to develop preventative medicine techniques for a range of clinical disorders. In addition to her research, Winter trains and works with horses and has a team of students who compete in national hunter/jumper events to great success. She additionally enjoys spending time working with a startup, Relevant Methylomics, focusing on epigenetic testing for nutritional status.

Winter Philibert
Biomedical Engineering