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Nov. 22, 2023

Student Voice: Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. candidate Brett Volmert

Grandfather’s death, heart disease family history sparked student’s interest in stem cell research

Brett Volmert is a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. candidate in MSU’s College of Engineering. In a recent study, Volmert described a method for the creation and growth of mini human hearts, termed “heart organoids”.

Volmert has dreamed of the opportunity to contribute in the fields of cardiology and engineering for the past 10 years. 

Volmert was inspired to pursue these fields because his family has a history of heart disease and his grandfather died from a heart attack several years before he was born.

For more on Volmert’s research and what being an MSU engineering student means to him, check out his Student Voice column that was recently posted on the MSU Today website. 

Volmert is a Ph.D. candidate in the MSU College of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. He obtained a B.S. in biomaterials engineering from the University of Illinois and is the recipient of the James Scholar Honors Award and Academic Achievement Withrow Fellowship Award.