Taylor Miller

Taylor Miller

Taylor Miller

NAME: Taylor Miller

YEAR OF STUDY: Sophomore

MAJOR(S): Physics

MENTOR(S): Marta Dark, PhD

DEPARTMENT(S): Department of Physics

 

SOURCE(S) OF TRAINING SUPPORT: SURP/CURE and RISE Program

 

HONORS: I am currently on the Dean’s List

 

CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES: I conduct research on the mechanical strength of polyvinyl alcohol gels through the freeze-thaw method. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) is a synthetic polymer that is popular in orthopedic medicine due to its high water compatibility and other chemical resistance. Some common uses for PVA are the solutions for contact lens, tissue adhesion barriers, and artificial knee cartilage.1-3

 

Baker MI, Walsh SP, Schwartz Z, Boyan BD. 2012. A review of polyvinyl alcohol and its uses in cartilage and orthopedic applications. J Biomed Master Res Part B 2012:100B:1451-1457

Spiller, Kara L., Suzanne A. Maher, and Anthony M. Lowman.2011. Hydrogels for the Repair of Articular Cartilage

Defects.Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews 17.4 281–299. PMC.

S.L. Vega, M.Y. Kwon and J.A. Burdick  . 2017. European Cells and Materials Vol. 33. 59-75

 

OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCES: I have been under Dr. Dark’s mentorship since the spring semester of 2017 and through the summer of undergraduate research program (SURP).

CAREER ASPIRATIONS AND GOALS: My goal is to pursue a doctorate in physics after graduating from Spelman in 2020.

PUBLICATIONS: N/A

OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION: N/A

 

CONTACT

Email: rise@spelman.edu
Telephone: (404) 270-5713
(404) 270-5796
Address:
Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane S.W., Box 310
Atlanta, GA 30314

Campus Location:
Tapley 412

ABOUT RISE

The RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) program is a structured biomedical research-training program for the underrepresented minorities and women who desire to pursue a career in biomedical research.
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