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Michelle Mazzio wins 2nd place poster competition award at the Society for Rheology conference

Michelle Mazzio, a former undergraduate student from the department and currently a graduate (Master's) student in the research group of Dr. Kelly Schultz has received the second place award in the poster competition of the 89th Annual Meeting of the Society for Rheology held from October 8-12, 2017 in Denver, CO.

Michelle began her research with Dr. Schultz while she was still an undergraduate student at Lehigh and has continued this research as a Presidential Scholar. Michelle's poster was entitled "Determination of macroscopic rheological properties of human mesenchymal stem cell laden poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels" by Michelle S. Mazzeo and Kelly M. Schultz and is part of her master's thesis research.

Michelle placed 2nd in the poster competition for graduate students. This is a very toughly judged competition (judged by accomplished faculty and industry members of the rheology community) and her peer group was mostly advanced PhD students making this accomplishment even more impressive. Michelle's poster detailed her work to characterize changes in synthetic hydrogel materials due to cell-mediated degradation. These materials are being developed for wound healing applications and to enhance the wound healing process she encapsulates cells into the material. These cells then degrade and remodel the material changes the properties of the hydrogel.

2017_Rheology Winners

Michelle Mazzeo (second from left) posing with other winners.

 

October 2017

Lehigh

 

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