Megan Bernier

Mentor: Dr. Chris Batich
College of Engineering
 
"I got involved with research so I could gain hands-on lab experience and be involved in the field of scientific discovery."

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Minor

Entomology and Nematology

Research Interests

  • Biology
  • Biomaterials

Academic Awards

  • Florida Academic Top Scholar 2013
  • Wunsch Scholarship 2014
  • Sapp Scholarship 2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016

Organizations

  • Urban Entomological Society
  • Biomedical Engineering Society

Volunteer

  • UF Health Shands Volunteer
  • Gainesville Pet Rescue

Hobbies and Interests

  • Tennis
  • Insect collecting
  • Gardening

Research Description

Developing a Social Insect Model of Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability worldwide and is a serious concern for the military, trauma centers, and sports physicians. Although major advances have been made in understanding the physiopathology of TBI, further research is needed to identify effective drugs to stop or prevent neuronal death upon TBI. This has been limited because therapeutic testing in current animal models presents difficulties related to ethics, time, and costs. We will develop a novel social-insect model for evaluation of TBI that avoids the problems and limitations of current mammal testing.