Nealey Group: Claire Liu

Research Assistant, Webmaster/Social Media Coordinator

Nealey Group

Start date:

May 2015

Contact

  • Address

    Eckhardt Research Center
    Room 221
    5640 South Ellis Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60637

  • Email
    clairel@uchicago.edu

Research

Claire's research revolves around the engineering of a robust biomaterial, with the correct biophysical and biochemical cues, capable of driving and enhancing peripheral nerve regeneration. She is working in collaboration with Professor Joshua Gasiorowski at Midwestern University to analyze the effects of biomimetic surface topography, fabricated from soft lithography techniques, on the alignment and growth of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) axons. The work has tremendous potential for the development of an implantable hydrogel or scaffold material that can aid peripheral nerves in reaching their target tissue after injury.

Publications:

[1] “Modulating the Electronic Structure of Chromophores by Chemical Substituents for Efficient Energy Transfer: Application to Fluorone,” A. Sand, C. Liu, A. J. S. Valentine, and D.A. Mazziotti. J. Phys. Chem. A, 118, 6085 (2014).

Biography

Claire is a third-year undergraduate student, double majoring in molecular engineering and chemistry. She is from Naperville, Illinois and became deeply interested in science and engineering after taking chemistry and physics in high school. Claire serves as a co-President of Benzene - UChicago's Undergraduate Chemistry Society, a University Ambassador for Lyric Opera of Chicago, and also helps manage the IME website and all of the IME social media channels.

Additionally, she is an avid listener of Frank Sinatra and Riccardo Muti, and goes to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera as often as she can.

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