Kelly M. Schultz

Kelly M. Schultz, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Rapid rheological screening to identify conditions of biomaterial hydrogelation
This work systematically characterizes biocompatible hydrogel scaffolds as a function of total polymer concentration using multiple particle tracking microrheology, creating gelation state diagrams.
Gelation of covalently cross-linked PEG-heparin hydrogel
The goal of this work is to characterize the gelation kinetics and final state of a biocompatible hydrogelator as a function of cross-linker size, backbone functionality and total polymer concentration.
High-throughput rheology in a microfluidic device
This work combines microrheological characterization with sample preparation in a microfluidics device to maximize the number of samples while minimizing the amount of material required and sample preparation time.
Electrospinning cross-linking PEG-heparin hydrogels
The goal of this work is to correlate the ability to create a unique matrix structures by electrospinning of a covalently cross-linked hydrogels with the corresponding gelation transition and kinetics measured using multiple particle tracking microrheology.
Measuring the modulus and reverse percolation transition of a degrading hydrogel
Macro- and microrheology measurements create a complete history of hydrogel modulus through the reverse percolation transition during hydrolytic degradation.
Monitoring degradation of MMP-cleavable PEG hydrogels via multiple particle tracking microrheology
This work measures enzymatic hydrogel degradation as a model system to inform the complicated phenomena of cell-mediated degradation. The aim of this study is to quantify the heterogeneity of the material and rheological properties around the critical gel-sol transition.
The effect of dynamic cell-mediated degradation on a synthetic hydrogel scaffold in the pericellular regime during migration
The goal of this work is to measure the degradation and remodeling of a synthetic hydrogel scaffold during 3D cell encapsulation.