Current Research

Jennifer West’s research focuses on the design of novel synthetic biomaterials that function within the body or biological systems. Much of her research is within the realm of bionanotechnology, using nanomaterials for diagnostic or therapeutic applications. West developed four programs to encourage students to be successful members of interdisciplinary biomedical research teams, including: a summer academy for high school students to encourage participation in science; freshman seminars in bionanotechnology; a biology course for physical scientists and engineers; and a summer internship program for engineers and physicists involving intensive training in cellular and molecular biology as well as participation in bionanotechnology research.

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