Cassidy, a National Merit Scholar junior pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering, is from Argyle, Texas. She plans to earn a doctorate in biomedical engineering and conduct research focused on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Previous research activities include working in the Kelly lab at Trinity College, Dublin, where she conducted bioengineering research concerning the regeneration of bone and cartilage. This research led to a co-authored paper that has been submitted for review. She also has worked in OU’s Translational Regenerative Medicine Lab with Drs. Michael Detamore and Jakob Townsend, as well as the UT Southwestern Medical Center with Dr. Michael Dellinger. Her work with Dr. Dellinger, which focused on diseases of the lymphatic system, resulted in an oral presentation of their findings.
Cassidy is a member of the OU Honors College and has a perfect 4.0 GPA. She has served as the student chapter officer of the Biomedical Engineering Society and as a member of the Catholic Student Association’s senior leadership team. In 2018, she was recognized as the Most Outstanding Researcher with the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering and was named a National AP Scholar in 2016. In 2016 she also was the recipient of the Knights of Columbus Scholarship.