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Elsje Pienaar

Elsje Pienaar

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Pienaar received her Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010 and 2007, respectively, and her B.Sc. in Financial and Actuarial Mathematics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2004.

Prior to joining Purdue University, Dr. Pienaar served as a Research Investigator and Research Fellow in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Michigan. She also was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medical Microbiology at Linköping University, Sweden from 2010-2012.

Her research integrates mathematics, engineering and microbiology to develop sophisticated computational models of systems pharmacology that predict drug efficacy at the patient level. This represents a next-generation tool for drug selection and delivery, resulting in the development of more personalized medicine. Her models blend stochastic with differential equation approaches that predict both in vitro and in vivo experimental outcomes.