Georgia Institute of TechnologyNanoscience + Nanotechnology at Georgia Tech
Student conducting researchNanoTECH Student Spotlight: Robyn Schlicher



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Growing up, Robyn Schlicher wanted to be a marine biologist, but she also felt that possibly her understanding of chemistry and her desire to help people could best be used in another field. "I really felt that my skills would be best used in cancer research and immunology," says Schlicher, who recently earned a Ph.D. in bioengineering at Georgia Tech.

So when she learned about Georgia Tech Associate Professor Mark Prausnitz's research in biophysical methods of drug delivery, she knew she had found the perfect graduate program. "I was interested in doing cancer research in chemotherapy," says Schlicher, who came to Georgia Tech in 2000 as a master's degree student to study under Prausnitz, who teaches in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. "This seemed like a good fit with my chemical engineering degree." As a graduate student, she daily used her understanding of chemical engineering processes such as transport flow to research the application of ultrasound to transport materials at the nanolevel.

Exposure to complex research is so important to her that she became a member of Nano@Tech, an organization at Tech that educates middle and high school students about nanoscience and nanotechnology efforts. Through Nano@Tech, she taught students about nanoscience and nanotechnology, preparing experiments to help them understand the research performed at Georgia Tech. "One of the big reasons why I became a scientist is because I was part of the gifted and talented program at my high school," says Schlicher, who believes that the future lies in scientific innovations, particularly in the field of nanotechnology. "Science should be a part of their lives."