A Case Western Reserve University senior recently presented her original research on the compatibility of polymer-based materials with whole human blood, which could be applicable in choosing suitable polymers for future use in biomedical implants and drug delivery devices, at the prestigious Argonne Symposium for Undergraduates at the Argonne National Laboratory.
Madhumitha Ravikumar, 21, a biomedical engineering and pre-med major from the Dayton, Ohio, suburb of Centerville, presented her work, "Comparison of Hemocompatibility of Biomedical Polymers by Analyzing Platelet Adhesion Under Shear in a Rotating Disc System," at the symposium, held Nov. 7-8 in Chicago.
The research involving the compatibility of polymer-based materials with whole human blood showed that Ravikumar was able to quantitatively correlate platelet adhesion and activation on the polymer under sheer stress, and hence, enabled comparison of hemocompatibility of the polymers. Her insight could work in choosing appropriate polymers for various blood-contacting biomedical device applications, such as polymer-based implants for drug delivery.
More than 200 college-age students presented their original scholarly work at the 19th annual Argonne Symposium in front of some of the most distinguished American and international researchers. The event was attended by nearly 500 students, faculty and other researchers from around the world. The symposium is designed to generate interest and enthusiasm in science, engineering and mathematics among young scientists.
Ravikumar currently serves as a research assistant in the lab of Anirban Sen Gupta, her faculty adviser and an assistant professor of biomedical engineering. She also has served as a research assistant at the Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine and has performed relevant clinical and research since 2004 in various areas of biomedical engineering and clinical settings in Chennai, India; Cleveland; and Dayton. She also has completed phlebotomy training at the Cleveland Institution of Dental and Medical Assistants and EMT-B training at the EMS Academy in Cleveland.
Ravikumar was born in India but came to the United States at the age of 4. In addition to her studies, Ravikumar, a 2005 graduate of Centerville High School, has been involved with the Case Western Reserve Indian Students Association, Hindu Students Association, the Case Emergency Medical Society, the Biomedical Engineering Society, American Medical Student Association and Phi Sigma Rho, a social sorority for women in engineering and engineering technology. She is the daughter of Lakshmi and Pichu Ravikumar of Centerville.
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