PhD Candidate, Penn State University, Department of BioengineeringBiography
Erin Gaddes is a doctoral candidate in the Biomolecular & Biomimetic Materials Lab in the Pennsylvania State University Department of Biomedical Engineering. She began her studies at the University of Notre Dame, graduating with a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2011. After graduation, Erin entered graduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University, focusing on synthesizing arrays of artificial cell membranes for the study of molecular interactions. She received her MS degree in Bioengineering in 2013 and continued her studies toward a doctorate degree with Dr. Yong Wang. Erin's doctoral work includes the use of surface-functionalized polyvalent aptamers for the selective attachment of biomolecules, specifically circulating tumor cells. For this work, surface plasmon resonance has been used as an integral technique to probe the interactions between aptamers and their biological targets, as well as the formation of DNA polymers from surface-immobilized initiator molecules.