Materials Science & Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Derk Joester
Allessandra DiCorato received a B.A. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, with minors in English and Biomedical Engineering, from Cornell University in 2015. Her research is currently focused on characterizing the interactions between nanomaterials and tissue at a variety of length scales. This research involves the use of correlative cryo-fluorescence microscopy and cryo-scanning electron microscopy (cryoSEM), as well as novel sample preparation methods for cryoSEM. A better understanding of the interaction between nanomaterials and cancer tissue could lead to the development of improved cancer treatments.
Awards & Fellowships
- Microscopy and Microanalysis Student Scholar Award
- Chemistry of Life Processes Institute Predoctoral Fellowship (NIGMS T32GM15538)
- DiCorato, A. E.; O’Halloran, T. V.; Joester, D., “A Correlative Cryo-fluorescence and CryoSEM Approach for Visualizing Nanomaterials in Glioblastoma Tissue,” Microscopy and Microanalysis, 2017, 23(S1).
- Asenath-Smith, E. A.; Noble, J.; Hovden, R.; Uhl, A. M.; DiCorato, A. E.; Kim, Y. Y.; Kulak, A. N.; Meldrum, F. C.; Kourkoutis, L.; Estroff, L. A., “Physical Confinement Promoting Formation of Cu2O-Au Heterostructures with Au Nanoparticles Entrapped within Crystalline Cu2O Nanorods,” Chemistry of Materials, 2016, 29(2).
- DiCorato, A. E.; Asenath-Smith, E. A.; Kulak, A. N.; Meldrum, F. C.; Estroff, L. A., “Cooperative Effects of Confinement and Surface Functionalization Enable the Formation of Au/Cu2O Metal Semiconductor Composite Materials,” Journal of Crystal Growth and Design, 2016, 16(12).