Popular Honors Thesis Projects: Engineering Bone Tissue

Claudio Macias is a biological engineering major who worked extensively to create his thesis, “Exploring Mucin Multilayer Applications: Antimicrobial Activity and Drug Delivery.” “Since an early age, I was fascinated with philosophical questions and solving puzzles, which I think drove me to science as I was finishing high school,” he explains. Macias had a high level of interest in regenerative medicine and ambitions to grow an organ in the laboratory some day. The goal of his lab research involved bone tissue engineering. He aimed to guide regeneration of damaged bone by developing what can be likened to an artificial bone graft. Macias hopes that his thesis work will lead to a “better, optimal design of a scaffold for tissue regeneration that will help patients recover from skeletal injuries.”