About Catherine Miles
I am a chemistry and chemical biology PhD student in the Kohn Lab where my work focuses on the development of polymeric microspheres for drug delivery of both hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs. In particular, I focus on how polymer properties such as thermal properties, hydrophobicity, and molecular weight affect drug loading and release. Microspheres are prepared using a continuous flow method that I established upon joining the lab which involves a water/oil/water emulsion to form beads with controlled uniform size. In addition, my projects at the LBR have included performing analytical chemistry techniques to identify trace impurities, investigate polymer degradation, and perform polymer characterization.