2018 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Gerald Fuller, Chemical Engineering

Rheological data provides insights about the mechanical properties of cells, yet this information is rarely integrated with data about the morphological characteristics of those same cells. Collin’s project utilizes a magnetic micromanipulation-based rheometer and fluorescence imaging to establish correlations between the mechanical and morphological features of endothelial cells. Because mechanical and morphological features are altered by several conditions, including cancer and atherosclerosis, this research has potential to establish new diagnostic methods for patients exhibiting cell inflammation.