User:Isis Trenchard

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  • B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • Graduating in May 2008

Research Experience

University of Texas

  • Advisor: Nicholas Peppas, ScD
  • Fall 2007: Cytotoxicity studies of Polyaniline-Polymer Acid Complexes
  • Spring 2007: Doping of Polyaniline for Use in Recognitive Hydrogels

NSF REU in Cellular Engineering, Rice University, Summer 2007

  • Advisor: Junghae Suh, PhD (Suh Lab)
  • Project: Creating Viral Contrast Agents for Optical Imaging

Awards & Honors

  • BMES National Undergraduate Research and Design Award 2007 - For work on "Doping of Polyaniline for Use in Recognitive Hydrogels"
  • University COOP Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Research Interests

Random Thoughts

Sept 30 2007

Biological systems have an inherent "power" to them that if harnessed, I believe could lead to a revolution in how medicine is performed/administered. By power I mean...well if you imagine a biological system, say something like a bacteria... Within that tiny creature is the ability to sense and respond to all sorts of stimuli from the environment. It can regulate its metabolism, movement, life cycle; it can coordinate with other bacteria around it. Such a simple organism can perform very complex tasks. Now imagine something more complex, like yeast, or a single mammalian cell ...or something even more complex like a tissue or even an organ... Now imagine the incredible complexity of an entire being. The increase in the level of complexity is exponential. Think about the crazy amount of coordination and control each components must exert in order to create a functional system. I think if we could tap into and control just a fraction of this control network we could do some pretty cool stuff. I don't know what or how, but I know it would be really really awesome!