Dr. Stevin Gehrke's Lab

1073 Words Feb 9th, 2016 5 Pages
Upon arriving as a student at the University of Kansas, I immediately took an interest in numerous extracurricular activities and organizations. I have established myself as a leader in multiple organizations, including my role as vice president in the Biomedical Engineering Society at KU. These organizations have provided fantastic experiences, but I found myself needing more. I found enjoyment and success in my classes, but I was eager to apply my knowledge. I sought out positions in various research groups on campus, and I eventually pursued an opportunity to partake in undergraduate research involving hydrogels and their characteristics in Dr. Stevin Gehrke’s lab. In this lab, I create and characterize various polymer based hydrogels by way of click chemistry using multiple crosslink wavelengths and times as well as varying concentrations of different monomers, polymers, and photoinitiators. I perform mechanical assessments that include measurement of swelling degrees and compression testing to determine various moduli for characterization of gels. These assessments are performed to determine the most suitable gels for biomedical uses such as cell encapsulation and drug delivery. It has been the first real opportunity I’ve had to utilize my passion and skills for important and relevant advancements in the scientific community. I have learned the importance of laboratory safety and have implemented these practices. I have further developed basic skills that are necessary…

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