This year, MPharm (Pharmacy) student Mercy Banning was awarded the £750 prize for her final-year project entitled ‘Fibrin-Gelatin Coatings for Cardiovascular Stents’.
The prize is held within the Image and Analysis Unit in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science at the University of Brighton, and given to a student whose use of microscopy - and particularly electron microscopy - is crucial to the success of their studies.
Mercy’s project used complementary techniques of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-SEM) and confocal microscopy to characterise the porous structures in fibrin and fibrin-gelatin hydrogels for use as drug delivery matrices on drug eluting cardiovascular stents. The project was supervised by Dr Lyuba Mikhalovska.
Pictured: a cryo-SEM image of hydrogel (top), and a cryo-SEM image of stent and hydrogel.
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