Machen is a 2015-2019 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing her degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Machen received her BS in chemical engineering at KU (2011) and her master's in public health at Emory University (2013). As an undergraduate at KU, Machen participated in the honors program, was a member of the biomedical engineering society, governor’s scholar, and Dane J. Hansen scholar. Additionally, Machen held research positions in the biomaterials and tissue engineering group at KU and in REU programs at the University of Washington, Seattle and the University of Colorado, Boulder. While earning her MPH, Machen worked in the microbiology, immunology, and molecular diagnostics laboratory at Grady Memorial Hospital where her research focused on rapid identification and antibiotic resistance testing of bacteria. Her current research in the lab of Dr. Mark Fisher focuses on understanding the structure and function of the anthrax toxin. After earning her doctorate, Machen plans to use her unique educational background to investigate infectious disease outbreaks and prevent epidemics.
Mentor: Mark Fisher, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, KUMC