Professional Bio: Lucas Dunshee graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S degree in Chemical Engineering in 2015. During the course of his undergraduate degree, Mr. Dunshee gained experience working in industrial and research settings. In the fall of 2013 Dunshee worked for the pharmaceutical company Cambrex Corporation as a process engineering intern. There he wrote batch process procedures, clean out procedures, and even collected and tabulated loss on drying data to reduce the time of experiments in the quality assurance laboratory. Dunshee then worked at Argonne National Lab during the summer of 2014, where he performed research on new technologies for nuclear pyroprocessing methods, and helped create an on-demand molten salt droplet generator, for nuclear sampling procedures. Throughout his undergraduate career Dunshee also participated in undergraduate research for two different research groups. His primary undergraduate research was in the Narasimhan group in the Chemical Engineering department at Iowa State University where he synthesized diacid anhydrous polymer and encapsulated protein and other drugs in polymer nanoparticles that can be used for vaccine drug delivery therapies. Dunshee is currently a 2016 Collins Fellow and graduate student in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department at the University of Delaware. He is advised by Dr. Millicent Sullivan in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Dr. Kristi Kiick in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. He is using the skills gained from his past experiences and applying this knowledge towards the synthesis and characterization of conjugate collagen like and elastin like peptide nanoparticles. He hopes to create novel nanoparticles that possess ideal properties that can be used for drug and gene delivery to living systems.
Fun Bio: When Lucas isn’t in the laboratory he enjoys spending time with friends and participating in various activities. These include but are not limited to, hiking, biking, running, disc golfing, reading, and exploring the east coast.