Undergraduate Research Scholar
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown : Reynoldsburg, Ohio
B.S. Chemical Engineering '12; Minors: Entrepreneurship, Political Science
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Kunal Parikh joined Dr. Winter’s lab as a senior at Reynoldsburg High School in 2007. He is currently a junior at The Ohio State University pursuing a degree in chemical engineering with a biomolecular specialization, and minors in entrepreneurship and political science. His ultimate objective is to improve public welfare through innovative research, transformative public policy, and social enterprise. In addition to his research, Kunal has worked in the Ohio House of Representatives with Rep. Jay Goyal (D-73), and recently started Dollars 4 Change, a non-profit organization whose mission is to counter prevailing economic conditions and attitudes by developing sustainable community partnerships, and raising funds and awareness for worthy causes.
Kunal has presented at numerous conferences and forums, including AIChE and CeRMACS, as well as the Denman, Undergraduate, and IMR Materials Research Forums. He has been awarded the Sidney Pressey Honors Endowment, USG Academic Enrichment Grant, H&S Research Fellowship, the Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellence Award, and has been recognized as an Undergraduate Research Scholar for his work towards an Honors Thesis.
Kunal's research interests lie in the application of novel nanomaterials to tissue engineering. His early work investigated the effects of nanotopography on SK-N-SH neuroblastoma cells. He is utilizing the same system of nanofabrication to develop nanopatterned contact lenses to improve corneal wound healing. In addition, he is also investigating the potential of an agarose/gold nanoparticle composite, allowing for increased functionality in cell studies.