Elizabeth DeBenedictis received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on the computational study of proteins, and protein-polymer conjugates. She is currently studying nanoscale features of a protein that is a scaffold component in biofilms, as well as the impact of functional conjugations, and plans to link these to overall biofilm mechanics. Applications of this research include biofilm disruption – which is relevant for healthcare, food safety, naval and industrial purposes – in addition to adhesives development and materials-by-design approach to creating ordered nanostructures.
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