Undergraduate Student, UIC
Cade Vallero is an undergraduate biochemistry major at UIC. His interests include the physical properties of materials at high pressure, the upper bounds of survivability for endospores with respect to pressure and the potential applications of CRISPR and other gene editing technqiues to enhance their survivability as well as to advance human health and longevity. He is currently using Raman and Brillouin scattering techniques to study the physical properties of glycerol at high pressure, particularly the bulk modulus, shear modulus and index of fragility at pressures where glycerol becomes a glassy material. Cade is also working in the construction of a system for making Van Der Pauw measurements and is assisting with the development of other research instrumentation.