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Areas of Interest: Creation of biodegradable polymers (e.g., PolyAspirin) for biomedical applications, organic and polymer synthesis of biologically relevant materials.
My Story: Uhrich, Kathryn E. Kathryn (right) examines food-based polymer created by grad student Ashley Carbone (left), with Michelle Johnson (center), 2007. As far back as I can remember, I was curious about things. My mom would worry about me when I’d slowly peel and closely analyze oranges – the way that the oils burst from the peel intrigued me, so I searched to find the origin. The exploration included pricking the peel with a sewing needle vs. pinching with my fingernails. Mom often...