Michelle K. Gaines, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Georgia Institute of Technology
Wallace Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering


B.S., Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2003
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2008
FIRST Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Engineering & Biomolecular Engineering, 2011 - 2014


Research Statement

My research is related to understanding how mechanotransductive signaling between extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins affects tissue function. One of my projects focuses on controlling the migration behavior of biosynthetic ultra low cross-linked microgel particles, by controlling their interfacial behavior and morphology on surfaces. I am also working on a second project that involves creating small molecule inhibitors to control the mechanotransductive signaling occurring between aberrant myofibroblasts in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. 



Gozen, A.O., Gaines, M.K., Hamersky, M.W., Maniadis, P., Rasmussen, K.Ø., Smith, S.D., Spontak, R.J. (2010) Controlling the phase behavior of block copolymers via sequential block growth. Polymer. 51:5304-5308.

Gaines, M.K., Smith, S.D., Samseth, J., Khan, S.A., and Spontak, R.J. (2010) Nanoparticle Network Formation in Nanostructured and Disordered Block Copolymer Matrices. Nanoscale Res. Lett. 5:1712. PMCID: PMC2956054

Bowman, M.K., Kane, L. and Spontak, R.J. (2009) α-Methylstyrene. In: Polymer Data Handbook, 2nd ed. (J.E. Mark, Ed.) Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 856-868.

Gaines, M.K., Douglas, J.F., Karim, A., Spontak, R J. (2008) The Phase Behavior of Inorganic Nanoparticles on Multi-Component Polymer Systems. Soft Matter. 4:1609-1612.

Spontak R. J., Shankar, R., Bowman, M.K., Krishnan, A.S., Hamersky, M.W., Samseth, J., Bockstaller, M.R., Rasmussen, K.Ø. (2006) Selectivity- and Size-Induced Segregation of Molecular and Nanoscale Species in Microphase-Ordered Triblock Copolymers. Nano. Lett. 6:2115. DOI: 10.1021/nl061205u

Smith, S.D., Hamersky, M.W., Bowman, M.K., Rasmussen, K.Ø., Spontak, R.J. (2006) Molecularly Asymmetric Triblock Copolymers as a Single-Molecule Route to Ordered Bidisperse Polymer Brushes. Langmuir. 22:6465. DOI: 10.1021/la060616n

Gil, E.S., Frankowski, D.J., Bowman, M.K., Gozen, A.O., Hudson, S.M., and Spontak, R.J. (2006) Mixed Protein Blends Composed of Gelatin and Bombyx mori Silk Fibroin: Effects of Solvent-Induced Crystallization and Composition. Biomacromolecules.7:728. DOI: 10.1021/bm050622i

**Have published under both my maiden name “Bowman” and my married name “Gaines”.


Wallace Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
313 Ferst Drive, NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
Tel: 404.385.5027
Email: michelle.gaines@chbe.gatech.edu
Website: http://michellekgaines.populr.me/dr-michelle-gaines

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