Monica Wall

Monica Wall
Mentor: Dr. Christine Schmidt
College of Engineering
 
"My love for research began with science projects and has only grown with collegiate research. As an undergraduate member of The Schmidt Lab at the University of Florida, I have been challenged to learn new skills, understand cutting edge technologies, apply academic knowledge critically and improve my own research skills. I am excited to advance my research interests by gathering and presenting my own data and I look forward undertaking larger projects in the future. created the perfect opportunity to combine my interests in business and law. I am excited to explore the academic side of the legal field, build upon my skills as a writer, and deepen my understanding of law."

Major

Materials Science and Engineering

Minor

Flute Performance

Research Interests

  • Regenerative scaffolds for peripheral nerve injury repair
  • Three-dimensional in vitro test beds
  • Biomaterials

Academic Awards

  • National Honor Society academic scholarship 2014
  • Most outstanding female engineering student - STEPUP engineering bridge program 2014
  • Deans List Fall 2014, Spring 2015
  • University Scholars Program 2016

Organizations

  • Successful Transition and Enhanced Preparation for Undergraduates Program
  • Student Honors Organization

Volunteer

N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Playing Flute
  • Running

Research Description

Chemical Modification and Physical Characterization of 3D Scaffolds for Peripheral Nerve Injury Repair
Peripheral nerve injuries affect millions of Americans annually, causing loss of sensory and/or motor function at the site of injury. Current nerve repair models are costly, effective only for relatively small nerve gaps and have minimal capability to restore lost sensory function. The Schmidt Lab has developed naturally-based hydrogels with three-dimensional architecture that mimic a native nerve extra cellular matrix (ECM) as a means of guiding peripheral nerve regeneration. My research is focused on incorporating integrin-binding peptide sequences into this model to further enhance cell attachment and neurite outgrowth and further characterizing the hydrogel-based ECM topography using scanning electron microscopy.