Michael Alec Finocchiaro

Biomedical engineering

Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2021

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FURI | Fall 2020

Incorporating Fluorescent Nanoprobe Emulsions in Hydrogels for Non-invasive Oxygen Measurement

The long-term goal of this research is to transplant encapsulated beta cells into a diabetic recipient and eliminate insulin injections. Beta cells succumb easily to hypoxic environments. To test oxygen levels non-invasively, we are using oxygen sensitive nanoprobes that give off a readable signal detected by using H-MRI. The thrust of the research so far has been to test the feasibility of encapsulating a nanoprobe emulsion in a hydrogel. We tested various nanoprobe emulsion concentrations for retention within the encapsulation hydrogel, and verified that this nanoprobe formulation is plausible to use in hydrogels.


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Studying oxygenation within tissues via fluorescent nanoprobes will help develop an alternate treatment to insulin injections.


  • FURI
  • Spring 2020