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Dr. Miriam Rafailovich, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, discusses the work of Intel honoree Alissa Zhang
Miriam Rafailovich

Alissa Zhang worked on a collaborative project splitting her time with Dr. Miriam Rafailovich, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at the Garcia Center, and Dr. Marcia Simon, Professor and Director for Graduate Studies in the Department of Oral Biology and Pathology in the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. For her seven-week summer project, Alissa studied the Influence of Gold Nanoparticles on the Differentiation of Dental Pulp Stem Cells to find out the toxicity of gold when converted to a nanoparticle level.

The skills that she gained working on this project prepared her well for her Intel project, Molecular Fingerprinting of Glucose with Raman and SERS for Noninvasive Diabetes Monitoring. Dr. Rafailovich describes Alissa as an “extremely bright, conscientious student” that worked very hard to study the toxicity of gold when converted to a nanoscale level. “She showed a lot of maturity and coordination in working between two very different departments,” said Dr. Rafailovich. “She worked on experiments that require a high degree of precision.” Alissa’s results concluded that the conversion of the gold particle to the nanoscale level imparts toxicity.

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