BioPACIFIC MIP Research: SET 1 - Bioderived Materials
What is your research focus?
As a new postdoctoral researcher in the Read de Alaniz group, I aim to work across the BioBACIFIC MIP SETs in order to address the goals and missions of the MIP. My experience is based in biocatalysis and polymer chemistry giving me a unique skillset to work across the SETs. My initial project goals are to work with several key members of BioPACIFIC MIP for the nose-to-tail (bio)synthesis of peptide-based materials from biologically sourced amino acid monomers. This work will encompass various aspects from SETs 1-3. Another area of collaborative research will involve the development of degradable materials within SET 4. Although in the preliminary stages, there are several key target compounds in order to introduce degradability into synthetic polymers. I hope to use my expertise for a number of cross-cutting projects within BioPACIFIC MIP and to fully utilize the expertise and collaborative environment of the MIP.
What excites you about NSF BioPACIFIC MIP?
The Fellows and Affiliates program is a unique opportunity in which to engage with the wider BioPACIFIC MIP. At a personal level, the program will provide a number of valuable training opportunities including career development, professional skills and specific scientific training. The importance of collaboration in science in general cannot be underestimated. Through strong collaborative efforts, the Fellows and Associates program will help to build personal and professional relationships within BioPACIFIC MIP. This, in turn, will lead to more productive, creative and inspiring collaboration between fellow early career researchers. As a postdoctoral researcher, I also see the program as an important leadership and mentoring opportunity. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of both the scientific topics and my wider experience in academia.