Casey earned a BSc (dual major) in Biological and Mathematical Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with an undergraduate thesis studying cell-cell communication in spheroid cultures, supervised by George Edick. She then worked as a Research Trainee in the Integrated Mathematical Oncology Department of Moffitt Cancer Center, supervised by Dr. Alexander Anderson, Dr. Mark Robertson-Tessi, and Kimberly Luddy, studying how tumors evolve to survive attack from the immune system. Afterwards, she completed a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics at Oxford University, supervised by Prof. Sonia Contera and Prof. Sarah Waters, studying the physics of the extracellular matrix (the scaffold that maintains tissue structure) using atomic force microscopy. Currently, she works as a Postdoc in Engineering Sciences at Oxford University, supervised by Prof. Antoine Jerusalem, studying how the physical properties of neurons control neuronal signalling. She is interested in understanding and manipulating the physical properties of biological systems to control cell activities.
- Quantification of how the mechanical and electrical properties of neurons couple, how this coupling affects neuronal signalling, and how this coupling is altered by various stimuli such as anesthetics or ultrasound
- Combined mathematical and experimental approaches to study cells and the extracellular matrix.
- Physical regulation of cell behaviors.
- Coupling of mechanical, electrical, magnetic, and chemical properties in biological systems.