Anterior Cruciate Ligaments
By Alexis Jenkins
Alexis Jenkins definitely is very active from the start. Sports have always been her passion; growing up, you could always catch her outside at the softball field playing with her high school, tournament team, or family. This all was until she had an almost career-ending injury occur not just once but twice. Luckily, she could continue to play two years of college softball, but she always wondered why tearing your ACL, also known as your Anterior Cruciate Ligament, was such a big deal. Now years later, she is a Senior here at Millersville studying Sports Journalism. After graduation, she plans to work her way into the ESPN world to eventually become an ESPN Broadcast Journalist.
I am Simona Gavrilovici, a chemistry major in my third year here at Millersville University. I started my project on aptamer sensor development because I wanted to have a better understanding of the applications of biochemical material in real-world scenarios. In my project, I work with analytical and biochemical concepts from my major. The analytical chemistry work within my project is what I particularly enjoy working on. I get to analyze chemical solutions with Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy. My goals for this project are to create a hand-held sensor containing aptamers and fluorophore, and to have a better understanding of Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy. I am still waiting on a few vital materials for the development my aptasensor, but until then I am using the Raman spectrophotometer to analyze my target molecules. I intend to continue my project into my senior year, and to meet my goals. The skills that I am developing from this project will be beneficial in my future chemistry endeavors.