It is with great pleasure to introduce our featured scientist of the week, Dr. Elliot Bartis from the University of Maryland!
Here is Elliot’s biographical sketch. His interview will be posted on Wednesday, August 19.
“I was born and raised in a Virginia suburb of Washington, DC. My father is a scientist and I believe I inherited my scientific curiosity from him at a young age when we would grow crystals or launch model rockets. I left Virginia for the Midwest to attend Carleton College in Northfield, MN where I earned my bachelors in Physics. As an undergraduate, I discovered that I was much more interested in applied physics and more specifically, materials science. After college, I started my Ph.D. in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park. Under the guidance of Professor Gottlieb Oehrlein, I worked in the Laboratory for Plasma Processing of Materials where I evaluated the ability of both low and atmospheric pressure plasmas to modify biomolecular and polymeric surfaces. The goal of my dissertation was to uncover which plasma-generated species cause surface modifications that lead to changes in biological activity. I am especially interested in the underlying mechanisms that can explain “how” and “why” many interesting phenomena in, for example, plasma medicine occur. I graduated in May of 2015 and am currently job seeking after a summer of traveling.
In my free time, I enjoy the great outdoors; I am not picky about where I am. I am happy on a beach, in the mountains, or at a park in the city. I also have a travel bug and love for learning about new cultures across the globe. I especially enjoy the culinary side of visiting different countries, which I occasionally try to replicate in my own kitchen.”