Maria Villancio Wolter

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Andrew
College of Engineering
"I got involved in research in my second year while I was deep in into my general engineering classes. Though I understood the importance of gaining a solid background in calculus, chemistry, and physics, I wanted to gain practical experience in a lab setting and to work toward a greater purpose. So far, research has been an immensely rewarding experience. I've gained a variety of lab skills, a greater appreciation for the scientific process, and my invaluable mentors. I look forward to continuing my work with the University Scholars Program and using its opportunities to improve my writing and presentation skills."


Biological Engineering



Research Interests

  • Biomedical applications
  • Tissue engineering
  • Drug delivery

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2015-2016


  • Phi Sigma Rho - Engineering Sorority
  • Engineering Leadership Circle


  • ACS Relay for Life
  • LLS Light the Night
  • Alachua Humane Society

Hobbies and Interests

  • Crafting
  • Reading
  • Traveling
  • Cooking/Baking

Research Description

Magnetoelectric Fibers in Hyaluronic Acid Based Gels for Neural Tissue Engineering
Nervous system injuries from trauma or disease often result in disability or loss of function when nerve cells are irreparably damaged. We are trying to facilitate recovery for patients with nerve damage by stimulating neural cell growth by exposure to an electric field. To accomplish this, I propose to encapsulate an electric field inducing material into a biocompatible hydrogel scaffold that mimics the chemical, mechanical, and electrical properties of neural tissue.