Alexandra Sabin

Alexandra Sabin
Mentor: Dr. Christine Schmidt
College of Engineering
 
"I have always been intrigued by the innovations that the fields of science and medicine bring to the world each and every day. Therefore, I wanted to get involved with a research project that had the potential of an impact on humanity and making lives better. The research conducted in the field of biomedical engineering, and in my case specifically tissue engineering as it relates to spinal cord injuries, was a field of study that provided a lot of potential for further study and different topics of study."

Major

Biochemistry

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Nerve Regeneration
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Animal Behavior

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • Accepted to 13th International Summer School on Biocomplexity, Biodiversity, and Biodesign
  • Center for Undergraduate Travel Award

Organizations

  • After School Gators
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Mid Florida
  • Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students (CURBS)

Volunteer

  • Mentoring Elementary Students in an After School Program
  • Managing a Weekly Outreach Science Program at P.K.Y.
  • Shands

Hobbies and Interests

  • Playing Soccer
  • Drawing/Sketching
  • Rock Climbing
  • Volunteering with Children

Research Description

Functional Forelimb Recovery after Sustaining a Cervical Spinal Cord Injury (cSCI) and the implantation of a Biomaterial Hydrogel

Spinal Cord Injuries affect approximately 12,000 people per year in the United States and can lead to incomplete to complete paraplegia. Therefore, my research focuses on implementing 6 behavioral tests after such an injury is sustained to quantify the recovery seen as time progresses after the implantation of an extra-cellular matrix (ECM) mimicking hydrogel is implanted. These hydrogels are being researched for their properties to help encourage neuron regeneration and differentiation in the injury site for the most optimum recovery possible.