20170204_195215Erica D. Pratt, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Office: 832-750-0076
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Erica holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University with Prof. Brian J. Kirby, co-designing the GEDI microfluidic device for the isolation and ex-vivo study of circulating tumor cells (CTCs). This device was most recently used in the TAXYNERGY clinical trial (NCT01718353) to assess prostate cancer patient response to taxane chemotherapy. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew D. Rhim, designing liquid biopsy-based assays for the early detection of pancreatic cancer and risk-stratification of patients at high-risk for the disease.



Awards and Funding


Carnegie Mellon University (2008)
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering
NIH T32 Cancer Biology Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015)

Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Fellow (2015)

Cornell Physical Sciences in Oncology Center Young Investigator’s Award (2012)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2009)

Alfred P. Sloan Graduate Fellowship (2008)

Scientific: Circulating Tumor Cells, Circulating Tumor DNA, Liquid Biopsy, Lab-on-a-Chip microdevices, MEMs and Micromanufacturing, Microfluidics


Outreach: Career Development, K-12 STEM Education, Science Communication

Cornell University (2015)
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Kirby Laboratory
University of Michigan (2016) Post-doctoral Fellow, Rhim Laboratory
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (2016- )
Post-doctoral Fellow, Rhim Laboratory




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