Perry Research Group
Whitney Blocher

Whitney Blocher McTigue

Graduate Student


Office Address:

N560 Life Sciences Laboratory
240 Thatcher Road
Amherst, MA 01003

Mailing Address:

159 Goessmann Laboratory
686 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003

Biographical Statement

Whitney earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Clarkson University. She is currently working 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.


  1. W.C. Blocher McTigue, S.L. Perry, "Design Rules for Encapsulating Proteins into Complex Coacervates," Soft Matter, (2019), 15, 3089-3103. [PDF]
  2. 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