In this episode, we talk to Aracely Rocha, who has been doing research in the field of nanotribology for biological applications. Her focus has been on how materials at various scales interact with biomolecules. She has tried to quantify this interaction through adhesion. In a paper, Aracely and her co-authors posit that "measuring cell adhesion has become critical for design and development of materials and devices for biological applications." Her work could impact a number of biological applications, including improving the life of artificial joints, or the efficiency of drug delivery. To listen, click the play button in the slider bar above, download the episode, read or translate the transcript here for more on this exciting work. Below, you can see a snapshot of her work.
In addition to her work in the field, Aracely is involved in many different ways as a student member of STLE. Most recently, Aracely participated and received the Gold Level award in the Student Poster Competition at the 2011 Annual Meeting, for her work "Protein Adhesion to TiN and CrN Coatings." To see a full list of the award winners, click here. Aracely has also been a Program Session Chair at a previous STLE Annual Meeting and is now involved with her University's newly formed student chapter. Getting involved has its rewards. Become a student member today!