Tuesday, September 13 2022
8:30am - 9:30am
Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, Room 1128
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Breakfast Club Seminar Series

Michelle Gaines, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Spelman College

Bio
Michelle Gaines, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Spelman College. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering & Biomolecular Engineering at Michigan State University in 2003, and she earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering at North Carolina State University in 2008. Her dissertation research was on the interfacial chemistry of nanoparticles and block copolymer materials. Gaines has a rich, interdisciplinary research background in polymer materials chemistry, nanocomposite interfacial behavior, inorganic molecular chemistry, electronic carbon-based nanomaterials, and biophysics of collective cell behavior. She is using this expertise, developed during her postdocs, to explore her research interests.

Research
Gaines' research is themed around examining the interfacial properties of soft materials. We create stimuli-responsive composites from nanostructured block copolymers, thermo-responsive hydrogels, and polymer colloidal microgel particles. These materials are used to study how nanostructural reversibility and phase behavior affect the desired functional properties of our synthesized materials and the interfacial behavior between other neighboring materials. Our goals are achieved by marrying Polymer Synthesis, Surface Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, Cell Biology, & Microscopy.

The IBB Breakfast Club Seminar Series was started with the spirit of the Institute's interdisciplinary mission in mind to feature local IBB faculty member's research in a seminar format. Faculty are often asked to speak at other universities and conferences, but do not often present at their home institution - this seminar series is an attempt to close that gap. IBB Breakfast Club Seminars are open to anyone in the bio-community.