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Welcome to the Givens Laboratory! Our laboratory focuses on developing sustained-release treatments for endometrial cancer. Endometrial cancer has high mortality rates in the United States and very few chemotherapy options. Our goal is to expand the range of effective chemotherapeutic options and access to these. We believe in an approach that solves healthcare problems using scientific advances in the laboratory and in healthcare policy. 

Join the team

Interested Graduate Students: Interested graduate students should apply to the Chemical Engineering graduate program, and are welcome to contact the PI directly during this process. At this time there are no open positions at the graduate student rank.

Interested Undergraduate Students: Interested undergraduate students within the CME department who wish to join the lab as CME395 students must be able to commit to 3 credit hours within one calendar year. Students who are interested in the lab, but do not wish to or are unable to complete work for credit are also welcome. Students should email the PI with a current resume and statement of interest in the research of the lab for consideration.


  • Dr. Givens has received the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities!

  • Claire Rowlands passed her Qualifying Exam on 4/8/22 to become a PhD candidate! Congratulations, Claire!

  • Claire Rowlands has received Honorable Mention in the 2022 NSF GRFP! Congratulations, Claire!

  • The lab space is operational! Graduate students have begun conducting experiments in the laboratory and are actively collecting data. Congratulations

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