Jessica LaLonde

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Jessica earned a B.A. in Biology and B.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2019. She is a PhD student in Dr. Jennifer West’s Lab.

Contact Information:

  • Email Address: jessica.lalonde@duke.edu

Research Interests:

Bio-inspired soft materials and polymers, soft tissue engineering, soft robotics

Conference Abstracts and Presentations:

LaLonde, J., Krajewski, A., Lagerlof, P. Design and testing of a 3D printable thumb prosthetic. CWRU SOURCE Undergraduate Student Research Symposium, Cleveland, OH, April 19, 2019.  

LaLonde, J. and Oldfield, R. Evolution of photophore patterns in Etmopterus lanternshark species. CWRU SOURCE Undergraduate Research Symposium, Cleveland, OH, April 19, 2019.  

Walker, A., Vratsanos, M., LaLonde, J., Wnek, G. Materials properties and unique optical effects of poly(acrylic acid) hydrogels. University of Michigan 42nd Annual Macromolecular Science and Engineering Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI, October 24-25, 2018. 

LaLonde, J., Korzeb, K., Steiner, U. Direct self-assembly of alternating gyroids. National Center for Competence in Research (NCCR) Bio-inspired Materials Summer Student Poster Symposium, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, August 3, 2018.  

LaLonde, J., Ernst, F., Oldfield, R. Counter-illumination biomimicry in polymers: utilizing deep-sea lanternshark bioluminescence behavior as inspiration for camouflage. Nature-Inspired Exploration for Aerospace Biomimicry Summit, Ohio Aerospace Institute - NASA Glenn Research Laboratory, Cleveland, OH, October 4-6, 2017. 

LaLonde, J., Ernst, F., Oldfield, R. (2017, October 4-6). Counter-illumination biomimicry in polymers: utilizing deep-sea lanternshark bioluminescence behavior as inspiration for camouflage [Conference poster presentation]. NASA-VINE NIEA Aerospace Biomimicry Summit 2017, Cleveland, OH, USA.

Honors and Awards:

The National GEM Consortium Graduate FellowshipMay 2019

Duke UCEM Alfred P. Sloan Minority Graduate Scholarship Program May 2019

The National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program, Honorable Mention April 2019

 Appointment as a Pre-doctoral Fellow in the Duke Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering (CBTE) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) NIH National Service Research Awards (NSRA) Program, July 2020