Mentor: Ben Evans
Project title: Optimizing heating efficiency of magnetic microspheres for magnetic hyperthermia treatment of malignant tumors
This semester, I was able to get a considerable amount of experimental data. I took enough data to create reliable plots and to show a significant and interesting trend between concentration of magnetic material and heating efficiency. This data may have a large impact on the field because of the current discrepancies and conflicting reports that have been previously published as well as our distinct advantage of a lack of major, common confounding factors. I presented this data at two international conferences: The BioPhysical Society annual meeting in Philadelphia, and The Third International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid, and Nanomaterials in Sorrento, Italy. I also plan to publish this work in a paper that I have begun and will complete over the summer. I also updated the review paper that I wrote last semester and submitted the draft for publication in the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials.
I firmly believe that without the CV building that Lumen provided me, be it through lab experience, presentation experience, and publications, I would not have gotten into graduate school. In addition, without the knowledge, experience and expertise that Lumen has afforded me, I would not have the confidence to believe that I can actually survive graduate school! Next year I will be attending the University of Notre Dame to pursue a PhD in Physics.
Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion 111
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Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703
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