Mitchell Poirier

Mentor: Dr. Yiider Tseng
College of Engineering
 
"I became involved in research because I wanted to gain experience that would help me decide what direction to go after graduation. In addition to all that I'm learning, I really have enjoyed being a part of an awesome research team."

Major

Chemical Engineering

Minor

Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests

  • Cell Migration
  • Biophysics

Academic Awards

  • Broward County Council of Professional Fire Fighters Scholarship 2009-2015

Organizations

  • Gators Parks and Rec

Volunteer

  • N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Snorkeling
  • Traveling
  • Spanish
  • Longboarding

Research Description

The Synergetic Effect of Tenascin-C and Fibronectin on Glioblastoma Multiforme Cell Migration
Glioblastoma multiforme is an aggressive form of human brain cancer, especially lethal because of the rapidity at which the cancerous cells metastasize. There are many proteins involved in the migration of GBM cells, and the research I am working on is understanding the effect two proteins in particular, Tenascin-C and Fibronectin, have on other proteins known to be involved in cell migration. By identifying the ideal ratios of the two proteins that maximize and minimize cell migration and by understanding the reasoning behind such results, more research can be conducted to apply such knowledge to drug delivery in brain cancer.