Perry Research Group
Whitney Blocher

Whitney Blocher McTigue (she/her)

2015-2020

PhD

Biographical Statement

Whitney earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Clarkson University. Her PhD research focused on using sequence-controlled polypeptide-based complex coacervates to stabilize encapsulated proteins for the thermo-stabilization of vaccines. In her infrequent and scarce free time, she enjoys reading, playing Dungeons and Dragons and learning to play the ocarina. When the weather is nice, she can be found swimming, horseback riding, or simply having fun with her friends outdoors.

Dr. Blocher McTigue successfully defended her PhD dissertation on Encapsulation and Stabilization of Biomolecules on March 18th, 2020. Dr. Blocher McTigue was the fourth PhD student to graduate from the Perry Lab! She will be joining the lab of Prof. Charles Sing in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Publications

  1. X. Mi, W.C. Blocher McTigue, P.U. Joshi, M.K. Bunker, C.L. Heldt, S.L. Perry, "Stabilization of Viruses: A Stepping Stone toward Thermostable Vaccines," Biomaterials Science, (2020), (in press). [PDF]
  2. W.C. Blocher McTigue, E. Voke, L.W. Chang, S.L. Perry, "The Benefit of Poor Mixing: Kinetics of Coacervation," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, (2020) 22, 20643-20657. [PDF]
  3. W.C. Blocher McTigue, S.L. Perry, "Incorporation of Proteins into Complex Coacervates," Methods in Enzymology, (2020) - in press. [PDF]
  4. W.C. Blocher McTigue, S.L. Perry, "Protein Encapsulation using Complex Coacervates: What Nature has to Teach Us," Small, (2020), 16(27), 1907671. [PDF]
  5. W.C. Blocher McTigue, S.L. Perry, "Design Rules for Encapsulating Proteins into Complex Coacervates," Soft Matter, (2019), 15, 3089-3103. [PDF]
  6. W.C. Blocher, S.L. Perry, "Biomimetic Complex Coacervate-Based Materials for Biomedicine," WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, (2017), 9(4), e1442. [PDF]

Honors and Awards

2019 Eldridge Award
2019 Highest scoring G.R.A.S.S. seminar
Fall 2018 James Douglas Graduate Fellowship
Fall 2017 Eldridge Teaching Assistant Award
2017 Soft Materials for Life Sciences NRT Travel Grant
2016 SMLS NRT Trainee Fellowship