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Talaial Alina

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2020

BS Chemical Engineering ’20, Honors


Drexel Faculty Mentors: Kara Spiller, Maureen Tang

Talaial is a senior Chemical Engineering major with a concentration in Biological Engineering graduating in June 2020. Talaial first began his research experience in STAR investigating the production of hydrogen peroxide in various medium and plasma regimes under the guidance of Dr. Abraham Lin and Dr. Vandana Miller at the C. & J. Nyheim Plasma Institute. His interest in research eventually led him to co-op at Janssen Pharmaceuticals where he explored novel protein purification devices and techniques for new antibodies in development. This experience led him to pursue an ongoing interdisciplinary Senior Thesis with Dr. Kara Spiller in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems where he is exploring the novel application of biotin and avidin binding to crosslink gelatin hydrogels. He will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder in August 2020 to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. He hopes to familiarize himself with biomaterials that focus on drug delivery through this program so that he could one day work in tissue engineering startups.

Last updated: April 2020