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Amy Lee

Partaking in Dr. Ellison’s research has been very gratifying. The past two years in the lab we’ve worked to apply nanomaterial graphene as a form of drug delivery to inhibit the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

This summer, my mentee Joseph and I determined the range of the amount of graphene needed to inhibit the growth of the resistant bacteria. Aside from working in the lab, my experience in research and the FUTURE program holds greater significance. Through these events I formed many close ties to both professors and peers. Furthermore, I’ve grasped a better sense at communicating; Whether that be when explaining our research to others or through teaching and collaborating with peers, I’ve learned the importance of seeing from other’s perspective and looking at other ways than my own thought process. Overall, this is an experience that has made up a significant amount of my time on campus, and I’m very thankful it did!

Class Year

2018

Major

Biology

Minor

Chinese

Activities

  • Women’s Lacrosse Team
  • Teach Assistant to Genetics Lab
  • Executive Board of Brownback-Anderson Pre-Health Society

Research

Carbon nanomaterial has become of great interest in the biomedical field with graphene emerging as a new form of drug delivery. Graphene is both water soluble and biocompatible, enabling it to work with living tissue. It has been determined that NGO-PEG is effective in cancer drug delivery, indicating plausible success in biological applications.

This summer, Dr. Mark Ellison (https://www.ursinus.edu/live/profiles/70-mark-ellison) and I along with my mentee, Joseph Pantel, sought out to use graphene oxide to deliver the antibiotic tetracycline into antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli colonies to prevent proliferation. The ability of the NGO-PEG TET to prevent proliferation of the resistant strain bacteria was tested by applying a series of incubations and using spectrophotometry. We can confirm the success of the synthesis of NGO-PEG with tetracycline by absorbances and have seen inhibition in both the non-resistant and resistant strain. 

My Research Conferences

American Chemistry Society D.C. Conference (2017)

Life After Ursinus

After Ursinus, I will pursue a career as a Physician Assistant. Partaking in Dr. Ellison’s research has been very gratifying. The past two years in the lab we’ve worked to apply nanomaterial graphene as a form of drug delivery to inhibit the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.