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Brooks Abel 

Ph.D. Candidate - Polymer Science and Engineering  University of Southern Mississippi

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Brooks Abel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2009 and is currently a Ph. D. candidate in Polymer Science and High Performance Materials at USM working under the advisement of Dr. Charles L. McCormick.  In 2011, Brooks was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and currently resides as the Polymer Science representative of the Graduate Student Senate as well as College of Science & Technology co-editor of the graduate research journal Synergy.  His research entails the synthesis of advanced macromolecular architectures designed to function as multi-responsive siRNA nano-therapeutics.

118 College Dr. Box 5050
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Phone: 601-266-5670
Website: http://www.usm.edu/mccormickresearchgroup/

Title: Versatile Brush Architectures for siRNA Delivery via Controlled Polymerization/Click Chemistry 

Coauthor: Charles L. McCormick

The School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Polymer Science and Engineering and in Sports and High Performance Materials. The goal of our undergraduate and graduate program is to educate incoming students in the theory and practice of polymer science, which is revolutionary and changing the face of our society. Students in all of our degree programs receive valuable training for a career in academia, commerce and manufacture which process and use polymeric materials. The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Polymers and High Performance Materials has always pursued excellence in undergraduate and graduate studies and many of our former students hold prominent positions in many scientific and technical organizations. Our graduates are found in all corners of the nation.

Attributes of the Faculty. The principal goal of the school’s nationally-ranked graduate program is to educate incoming students in the fundamental theory and state-of-the-art practice of polymer science and engineering. Since the study of macromolecular systems involves becoming acquainted with complex material that is usually taught in a variety of academic disciplines such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, biochemistry and biology, a comprehensive and multidisciplinary curriculum is offered that meets the challenges of today’s technology-driven society. The internationally-recognized faculty has formal academic degrees in all the pertinent disciplines, and their research activities bridge all the fields relevant to polymer science and engineering. Through the recent growth of the faculty, the department continues to expand these fields of expertise and broaden the educational experiences for students.

A number of key factors, acting synergistically, set the graduate academic program apart from others. The entire faculty is dedicated to the educational process, and every member is solely responsible for teaching courses in their respective areas of expertise. The faculty also engages students with the philosophy that research is teaching. Through course work, the fundamentals are instilled, but in research, faculty members work one-on-one with students to teach the application of these fundamentals in state-of-the-art research projects. GAANN fellows will have the opportunity to work with undergraduate students in a one-on-one mentoring capacity, to gain an appreciation for the research mentor role in academia.