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Previous Undergraduate Research Projects in the Biopolymer Lab at the University of Alabama

 

 

Jonna Todd, B.S. Researcher, Fall 1999

Project: Preferential Burst Release of Vitamin B12 from Polymer Gels, using Psyllium as a Burst Release Agent

 

 

Angela M. Thornton, B.S. Researcher, Fall 1999

Project: Synthesis of Poly(acrylic acid) Microspheres by Suspension Polymerization

Current Position: Graduate Researcher, Rutgers University, Biomedical Engineering

 

 

Michael G. Benton, B.S. Researcher, Spring 2000 - Summer 2000

Project: Investigation of the Effects of Immobilizing Trypsin on the Swelling and Diffusive

Properties of Poly(HEMA-co-DEAEMA) Gels

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, LSU

 

Aimee B. Sanders, B.S. Researcher, Spring 2000 - Summer 2000

Projects: Synthesis of ionic polymers, and Purification of Zein by Extraction

and Toasting to Remove Odor and Color

 

Lee M. Moris, B.S. Researcher, Summer 2000

Project: Purification of Corn Protein, Zein, by Extraction and Treatment with Carbon Black

Current Position: Medical Student, Medical College of Georgia

 

J. Brent Jones, B.S. Researcher, Summer 2001

Project: Preparation of Biochemical Engineering Laboratory: Enzyme and Cell Growth Experiments

Current Position: Eastman Chemical, Kingsport, TN

UPDATE: attending Pharmacy school, Auburn

 

Brigitta Chestang, B.S. Researcher, Summer 2001

Project: Investigation of Surface Extraction as a Method for Reducing the Burst Effect

for Proxyphylline Release from PVA Hydrogels

 

 

    

Matthew F. Garcia, B.S. Researcher, Spring 2001 - Summer 2001

Project: Studying The Effect of Buffering Agents on Cationic Polymers and Gels; Assistant to Biochemical Engineering Lab (sponsored by the Dreyfus Foundation)

Current Position: Graduate Researcher, University of California, Berkeley

 

      

Michael J. Stoltz, B.S. Researcher, Fall 2000- Summer 2001

Project: Development of Dual-Temperature Sensitive Membranes Based on Polyalkylacrylamide Gels

Current Position: Exxon Research and Development, Baton Rouge, LA

 

    

Kimberly R. Brooks, B.S. Researcher, Fall 2001

Project: Development of Materials to Prevent Thrombus Accumulation in Long-Term Use Catheters

Current Position: Engineer, Dow Chemical, Baton Rouge, LA

 

    

G. Sean Maddox, B.S. Researcher, Fall 2001

Project: Analysis of pH-Responsive Transitions in Ionic Polymers

UPDATE: accepted as a Graduate Student, MBA Program, The University of Alabama

 

    

Mark P. Scott, B.S. Researcher, Fall 2001- Spring 2002

Project: Plasticizing Effects of Ionic Liquids on Polymers and Their Stability

UPDATE: Currently working in Weatherford, Texas

 

Laurie M. Savoy, B.S. Researcher, Spring 2002

Project: Pulsatile Release and Swelling Behavior of pH-Sensitive Cationic Polymer Gels

UPDATE: Current Position: Environmental Protection Agency, Atlanta, GA

 

J. Brad McKinney, B.S. Researcher, Spring 2002-Fall 2002

Project: Magnetically-Controlled Drug Delivery Using Ferrous Dispersions Imbedded in Polymer Networks

UPDATE: Currently enrolled in dental school, UAB

 

Adria Roberts, B.S. Researcher, Fall 2002

Project: Minimization of the Burst Effect by Surface-Preferential Crosslinking

 

R. Scot Smith, B.S. Researcher, Fall 2002

"Investigation of Ionic Liquids as Solvents for Producing High Molecular Weight Polymers"

 

 

Patrick McCarty, B.S. Researcher, Spring 2003

"Acrylation of Poly(vinyl alcohol) for Development of Graft Copolymers"

UPDATE: Currently enrolled in medical school

 

 

Kristen Carroll, B.S. Researcher, Fall 2002- Summer 2003

"Synthesis and Characterization of Temperature Sensitive Block Copolymers and Interpenetrating Networks"

UPDATE: Currently working with Frito-Lay in Pulaski, TN

 

 

 

Wesley Reynolds, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Fall 2003-Spring 2004

"Development and Cytotoxicity Testing of Thermosensitive Graft Copolymers for Membrane Separations"

UPDATE: Currently enrolled in medical school, UAB

 

Kelly Coleman, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Fall 2003-Spring 2004

"Microencapsulation of Dye Pigments for Controlled Release"

 

Ashley Armstrong, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Fall 2003-Spring 2004

"Development of Drug Depots on Biomaterials for Targeted Drug Delivery"

 

Amy Armstrong, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Summer - Fall 2004

"pH- and Temperature- Triggered Burst Release from Nylon and Gelatin Capsules"

UPDATE: Currently employed with the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Atlanta, GA

 

 

Sharon Cody, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Fall 2004-Spring 2005

"Antibiotic Materials and Highly Crosslinked Materials for Molecular Imprinting"

UPDATE: Currently Employed at Chevron Texaco, Pascagoula, MS

 

Phillip Bates, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Fall 2004-Spring 2005

"Extending Surface Crosslinking as a Method to Reduce the Burst Effect"

UPDATE: Currently Employed at Shell Oil, Louisiana

 

Jessica Robertson, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Fall 2004-Summer 2005

"Gelatin Coacervation Microencapsulation of Dyes"

 

Hugh Shoff, Undergraduate/Graduate Research Assistant, Fall 2003 - Fall 2005

"Development of Novel Plasticizers to Replace Phthalates in Medical Plastics"

UPDATE: Currently employed at Alabama Biodiesel Corporation

 

 

Marla Hampel, Undergraduate Laboratory Research Assistant, Summer 2005-Spring 2006

Incorporation of Magnetic Nanoparticles into Thermoresponsive Hydrogels for Drug Release

UPDATE: Currently employed at Eastman Chemicals, Kingsport, TN

 

Chris Cater, Undergraduate Laboratory Research Assistant, Fall 2005-Spring 2006

Investigation of Alternative Plasticizers for Medical Materials

 

 

Aundrea Lollar, Undergraduate Computer-Based Honors Research Assistant, Fall 2005-

Investigating Heat Transfer in Medical Saline Solutions for Operating Room Applications

 

 

Alandria Fox (Stillman College, Biology), HHMI Fellow, Summer 2006-

Thermosensitive Cellulose Polymers for Drug Release and Reproductive Toxicity Screening of Medical Materials

 

Rachel Jones, Undergraduate Laboratory Research Assistant, Summer 2006 - Spring 2007

Microencapsulation of Magnetic Nanoparticles in Cellulose and Polymeric Microspheres

 

Arefeen Shamsuzzoha, Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant, Fall 2007

Synthesis and DSC Characterization of Thermoresponsive Hydrogels

 

 

Kyle Fugit, Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant, Summer 2007 -

Investigation of Biological Effectiveness, Localization and Toxicity of a Nanostructured Cancer Therapy System

 

Andrei Ponta, Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant, Summer 2007-

Design and Mechanical Characterization of Thermoresponsive Polymers for Delivery

 

Mary Kathryn (MK) Sewell,

Undergraduate Laboratory Research Assistant, Fall 2006-Spring 2008

Magnetothermal Response and Drug Delivery from Hydrogels Loaded with FePt Nanoparticles

 

Lauren Blue, Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant, Fall 2007 - Spring 2009

Fluid Dynamics of Magnetic Nanoparticles in Simulated Blood Vessels for Magnetically-Targeted Therapies

 

 

Johnathan Harris, Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant, Spring 2008- Fall 2008

Characterization of Nanoparticle Dispersion Heating Profiles using a Custom-Designed Magnetic Induction Hyperthermia Chamber

 

 

Ynhi Thai, Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant, Fall 2007 - Fall 2009

Magnetothermally-Triggered Release and Magnetic Hyperthermia Studies

 

 

Amy Frees, Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant, Fall 2008 - Fall 2009

A Study of Magnetically-Activated Drug Release using Thermally-Responsive Polymers and a Perfusion System to Simulate Flow through an AC Magnetic Field

 

 

Natalie Lapp, REU Student (Manhattan College), Summer 2010

Magnetic Localization of Maghemite Nanoparticles in Simulated Blood Flow

 

 

Jesse Morrison, B.S. Researcher, Spring 2011-

Thermally-Activated Drug Release from Poly(caprolactone)

Ming Zhang, REU Researcher, Summer 2011

Magnetic Capture of Maghemite Nanoparticles in Simulated Blood Vessels

 

Tyler Estes, Undergraduate Researcher, Fall 2011-Spring 2012

Magnetic Heating of Aqueous Dispersions of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles in Flow

 

Trent Beatty, Undergraduate Researcher, Fall 2011-Spring 2012

Differential Scanning Calorimetry to Investigate the Effect of Additives on Polycaprolactone Melting Points and Heats of Fusion

 

Jaimee Robertson, REU Researcher, Summer 2012

Magnetic Capture of Dopamine-Iron Oxide Nanoparticles in Simulated Blood Vessels

 

Bentley Rodrigue, Undergraduate Researcher, Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

Magnetic Hydrogels: Actuation of Drug Release using Magnetic Heating and LCST Polymers

 

Alex Paulsen, Undergraduate Researcher, Fall 2011-Spring 2013

Estimation of Magnetic Heating of Nanoparticles using Meltable Solids and Cell Culture Evaluation of Hyperthermia

 

 

Chelsea Fujinaka, Summer 2013

Static and AC Magnetic Fields for Capture of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles in Flow

 

 

Joshua Moon, Undergraduate Researcher, Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

Mathematical Modeling of Temperature Profiles Generated by Magnetic Fields

 

Carson Perrella, Undergraduate Researcher, Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

Composite Materials of Thermosensitive Hydrogels and Maghemite Nanoparticles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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