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Bioengineering Major Presents Research at Biophysical Society Meeting

Nickolas Boroda, Pierre Llanos, and

Nickolas Boroda ’16, a junior bioengineering major, presented research in February at the 59th annual meeting of the Biophysical Society in Baltimore, the largest meeting of biophysicists in the world. “Characterization of Biomechanical Properties of Primary Endothelial Cells Exposed to Shear Stress” is based on research Boroda conducted with fellow Hofstra junior Pierre Llanos and adjunct instructor and research assistant Andrew Wong

Boroda, Llanos and Wong have been studying the response of Endothelial Cells (EC) to varying microenvironmental conditions, in the hopes of presenting a more complete picture of the cells’ behavior. Endothelial Cells make up the structure of blood vessels. Guiding and advising the research was School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) Acting Dean Sina Rabbany.

poster final draftBoroda, Llanos and Wong began their research in the summer of 2014, supported by the Dean’s Fund of SEAS, using a donation made by Mr.  Paul Saueracker ’78, CEO, Minerals Technologies (retired).

The Biophysical Society was founded in 1958 to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. The Society’s members, now over 9,000, work in academia, industry, and in government agencies throughout the world.

(Top image, l -r, Nickolas Boroda, Pierre Llanos and Andrew Wong)

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