India Dykes


B.S. Bioengineering, Washington State University, 2022







India is a first year Ph.D. student developing customized bioprinting protocols for engineered cartilage tissue scaffolds.


  • Amr, M.; Dykes, I.; Counts, M.; Kernan, J.; Mallah, A.; Mendenhall, J.; Van Wie, B.; Abu-Lail, N.; Gozen, B. A. 3D Printed, Mechanically Tunable, Composite Sodium Alginate, Gelatin and Gum Arabic (SA-GEL-GA) Scaffolds. Bioprinting 2021, 22, e00133.


  • Poster Presentation: 3D Printed SA-GEL-GA Scaffolds with Tunable Mechanical Properties, Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC), 2021
  • Oral Presentation: 3D Bioprinted Articular Cartilage Scaffolds with Controllable Mechanical Properties, Florida International University 2020 Virtual McNair Research Conference, 2020


  • Bioengineering Peer Mentor, Voiland College of Engineering Peer Network, Washington State University, 2021 – 2022
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Mentor Program Coordinator, Washington State University, 2018 – 2019

Honors and Awards

  • Cornell Dean’s Excellence Fellowship, 2023
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2022
  • Goldwater Scholar, 2021
  • McNair Scholar, 2019
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 2022
  • NSF Student Support Award
 – North American Manufacturing Research Conference 49/ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, 2021
  • Tri-Alpha National Honors Society for First-generation Students, 2021
  • Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society Member for Students with Disabilities, 2020


India is from Spokane, Washington and received a B.S. in Bioengineering from Washington State University where she researched 3D bioprinting articular cartilage tissue scaffolds, participated in the McNair Scholars program, and was involved in mentoring and STEM outreach programs. After graduating with her B.S., India completed a Fulbright project in Stuttgart, Germany researching 3D bioprinting for engineered tendon tissue applications. She has many interests including knitting, painting, clothing design, woodworking, weightlifting, and trick training with her dog, Ted. She is currently working to improve her programming skills and German language proficiency.