James Park

Mentor: Dr. Zin Khaing
BME
 
"Research is inseparable from medicine. In order to be a competent and effective physician, I will need to "

Major

Biochemistry

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Neuroscience
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Growth Factors

Academic Awards

  • Junior Honors Medical Program

Organizations

  • MentorUF

Volunteer

  • Shands - Unit52
  • MentorUF

Hobbies and Interests

  • Scuba Diving
  • Reading
  • Creative Writting

Research Description

Advanced Biomaterials for Sustained, Local Delivery into the CNS
We propose to develop a delivery system that can bypass the blood brain barrier while still providing a long-term, localized release of therapeutics. In order to be readily translatable for in vivo clinical applications, such a system would need to be non-immunogenic, thermally gelling, and fine tunable. Once complete, this project will serve as a pilot study for the continued development of hydrogel and microparticle hybrids for medical use. Specifically, we plan to incorporate this delivery system into in vivo studies to improve forelimb function following traumatic injury to the spinal cord. Another potential application of the system is the treatment of diseases of the central nervous system through multiannual injection of therapeutics to the CNS.