NAME: Taylor Miller
YEAR OF STUDY: Sophomore
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.
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