Tristin (Alexander) Schwartze
MBSB at University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA

Future Goals: To secure a position where I can expand my academic and research experience, and to contribute to solving problems that stand in the way of the creation of pervasive technologies. Namely, I'm interested in the Protein Folding Problem and Viral Vectors for Gene Editing Technology. Ideally whatever position I might secure will utilize my pre-existing academic background in physics and/or my long time coding hobby.

Recent Research

Collagen-Encapsulation Drug Delivery System: The project focuses on the creation and optimization of collagen nano-particles that encapsulate various drugs of interest. The primary goal is to characterize the particles' functionality as a drug delivery system (size, dispersity, spontaneous release, storage, toxicity, etc.)

High-Throughput SPR Sensors for Matrix Metalloproteinases: This project focuses on using Surface Plasmon Resonance with the degradation of collagen to create a collagenase sensor. Our aim is to get quantitative measurements of collagenase concentrations based off the kinetic association constants and our SPR degradation formula.

Previous Work Experience

Research Assistant at CNSE for the Melendez Lab.
"Collagen-Encapsulation Drug Delivery System"
  • Trained on: Tabletop and LEO SEMs.
  • Various common biology lab protocol & machines: cell culture, SDS-PAGE, Plate-Readers, toxicity assay, autoclave
(Summer 2016)
"High-Throughput SPR Sensors for Matrix Metalloproteinases"
  • Experience & Training with: Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR), Nanoenabler, ArrayIt, Soft Lithography, Microfluidics.
(Summer 2015)

2017-????Graduate Student at the University of Pittsburgh's Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology Graduate Program.
2015-2017B.S. in NanoScience
College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), Albany NY
2012-2014A.S. in Science and Mathematics
Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville MO
Meetings and Publications

Honors and Scholarships

Relevant Courses Taken

Microbiology Programing I & II Charged Particle Optics
Biochemistry Scientific Computing Quantum Origins of Mat. Prop.
Nanobiomanufacturing Multi-Variable Calculus Advanced Circuits
Nanobio. for Nanotech. Apps. Linear Algebra Structure of Matter
Soft Matter Analysis for Applications NanoLab I & II
Nano. Chem. and Bio. Sensors Thermo. & Stat. Mechanics Nanoscale Design
Independent Research Intro. to Quantum Theory Nanoscale Electronic Devices
Organic Chemistry I Advanced Phys/Chem Concepts
Hobbies & Interests

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Misc. Coding & Web Design