Victoria Muir (email | web | twitter: @VictoriaGMuir) is currently a PhD candidate studying under the advisement of Dr. Jason A. Burdick in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. For her graduate studies, Victoria was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Tau Beta Pi Fellowship. Victoria received her honors bachelor's degree with distinction in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware as a Eugene D. du Pont Scholar. As an undergraduate student, she conducted research on polymer nanoparticles for siRNA delivery under the advisement of Dr. Thomas H. Epps, III and Dr. Millicent O. Sullivan. For her undergraduate research efforts, Victoria received a Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Her current research focuses on the development of granular hydrogels for musculoskeletal tissue repair. She recently received the Penn Prize for Excellence in Graduate Teaching as well as the inaugural Poddar Award for Rising Chemical Engineers from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Talk details: Influence of microgel fabrication technique on granular hydrogel properties
Granular hydrogels consist of hydrogel microparticles (i.e., microgels) that are assembled into a jammed state. The injectability, modularity, and microscale porosity of granular hydrogels make them a promising material for biomedical applications. In order to inform biomaterial design, we investigated the influence of three microgel fabrication techniques (e.g., microfluidic devices, batch emulsions, and extrusion fragmentation) on granular hydrogel properties.