Prantil-Baun’s research interests focus on integrating cell biology with engineering in order to enhance our understanding of cellular mechanisms in disease, as well as improving drug efficacy and safety. She has 7 years of experience in the development of cell models and assays for target validation and improved platforms for drug discovery in both industry and academic settings. Her career has focused mainly on the development of better cell models for diabetes and obesity and airway inflammation. Rachelle received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.