Nathan Reaver, Biomedical Optics, Renewable Energy, Sustainability
Gk-12 Fellow (partnered with Caine Kolinski, Clay High School)
I earned my B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Toledo in May 2011 with a minor in Chemistry and a minor in Renewable Energy. During my undergraduate I worked at Cornerstone Research Group in Dayton, Ohio as an organic chemist and physicist developing new polymers and chemical synthesis pathways. Also during this time I also worked in photovoltaic research at UT characterizing new transparent conducting oxides and experimenting with new configurations for CdTe solar cells. I am currently in the process of completing my B.A in physics and my M.S. in Bioengineering at the University of Toledo in the research lab of Dr. Brent D. Cameron. My thesis research deals with creating single stranded DNA molecules that bind to specific blood proteins. These DNA molecules are known as aptamers. This will allow for the development of a fast and cost effective method for diabetics to determine their glycemic compliance over time. I am also working on several other projects in renewable energy, water quality, and sustainability, including developing a harvestable wetland system that can be applied to remove excess nutrients from runoff in an economical way to help prevent harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Currently I am a graduate assistant for the Building Ohio’s Sustainable Energy Future (BOSEF) at UT and BGSU. I am really excited to be involved in the GK-12 program as a fellow this year. Getting the students involved in answering real scientific questions this year, while having them interact with practicing scientists and engineers is going to be a lot of fun and rewarding. I hope my activities in the classroom help encourage more students to pursue STEM fields.