In 2019, Sara Peper became the first undergraduate to ever win the President’s Cup, a coveted award for poster presentations given by the American College of Sports Medicine. The exercise science major’s poster was titled “Silicon Ions Enhance Myogenic Differentiation in C2C12 Skeletal Muscle Cells.”
Peper works in the laboratory of Venu Varanasi, associate professor in the Bone and Muscle Research Center. Her research interest is tissue regeneration using silicon-based biomaterials.
After graduation, Peper will begin work on a master’s in biomedical engineering at UTA and eventually pursue a joint MD/PhD degree.