Jorge Figueras

Mentor: Dr. Kyle Allen

College of Engineering

"I became involved with research because I despise "dead ends" and unanswered questions. Being involved with research has given me the opportunity to be on the forefront of medical breakthroughs and advancement. Research has allowed me to ask tough questions that have no true solution, something that a classroom setting cannot offer. My time conducting research at Dr. Kyle Allen's lab has allowed me to implement various fundamental concepts that I have learned throughout my undergraduate courses to further my investigations."

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Organ-On-A-Chip
  • Lab-On-A-Chip

Academic Awards

  • Honorable Mention, Cuba Infrastructure Scholarship Competition (2015)
  • Antonio Choy Scholarship (2016)
  • Best Project Award in Computer Aplications for UF BME (2016)
  • University Scholars Program (2017-2018)

Organizations

  • Florida Cicerones
  • University of Florida Honors Ambassadors
  • Gators March for Babies

Volunteer

  • Habitat for Humanity

Hobbies and Interests

  • Playing/Watching Tennis
  • Rock Climbing
  • Mountain Biking

Research Description

Efficient Quantification of the Interleukin 6 Cytokine in Rodent Synovial Fluid
In this project, I hope to develop an ultra-sensitive and cost effective enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for interleukin 6 (IL-6), a cytokine involved in the pro-inflammatory response of the knee. Ultimately, this will provide a means to accurately measure sensitive levels of IL-6 in rat synovial fluid to increase the signal from biomarkers captured via nanomagnetic particles. To develop this ELISA, I will optimize various parameters to increase the intensity of the reading for each ELISA as well as maintaining linearity to produce a novel protocol.