Lindsay Lozeau, PhD Student
Hometown: Milford, NH
Previous degrees/school where the degree was earned: BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Rhode Island
Why did you choose WPI for your PhD?
The IGERT fellowship is fantastic. It will allow me to diversify my educational experience, not only through taking classes in different departments, but also outside of the classroom.
What area(s) of research are you currently exploring?
Since coming to WPI, I’ve been very interested in combining my interests in microbiology and nanotechnology into a project that falls under the broad category of biofabrication. Currently, I have been examining surface-tethered antimicrobial peptide systems for combating infections caused by the overuse of common antibiotics. These tethered systems have broad-spectrum activity and we believe that our attachment chemistry is robust enough to apply to a variety of surfaces such as titanium for medical implants or regenerative collagen-based scaffolds for severe, full-thickness wounds. In the past, I have done research on self-healing concrete using nanotechnology, emulsion technology, corrosion testing, and dynamic and static strength testing.
Mentoring undergraduate students such as major qualifying project (MQP) and research for undergraduates (REU) students has always been an important aspect of my own education; however, I have also been exploring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for K-12 students. WPI offers a variety of activities to become involved with like Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and TouchTomorrow@WPI. Educating the younger generation of the opportunities STEM fields offer is one of the most important things I can do as a graduate student in a STEM field, and I hope to become even more involved.