a blog by the NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology
Taeyjuana Curry received her B.Sc in Physics from the Florida State University in 2006, and her M.Sc degree and Ph.D degree in Physics from the University of Michigan in 2007 and 2012, respectively. Dr. Curry’s thesis research involved the utilization of polymeric and metal nanoparticles for targeted imaging, diagnosis, and therapy of deleterious diseases with an emphasis in cancer research.
Dr. Curry joined UMBC as a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Zeev Rosenzweig’s lab in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in January 2014. The Rosenzweig Lab’s research focuses on the developing more sustainable synthesis protocols for semiconductor based nanoparticles and the utilization of metal and metal alloy based nanoparticles for bioimaging and energy harvesting applications. More specifically, Dr. Curry’s research seeks to understand and mediate the toxicity associated with cadmium based, luminescent nanoparticles (“Q-dots”). Q-dots are of particular interest because they are increasingly being utilized in consumer products. Dr. Curry seeks to understand their growth and degradation processes by using various imaging modalities including steady-state photoluminescence, time-based fluorescent lifetime, and transmission electron microscopy.
Dr. Curry is an advocate of increasing diversity in the STEM fields through active recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities. She has invested countless hours in the mentoring of high school, college and graduate students. Dr. Curry currently serves as a postodoctoral affiate of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at UMBC, through which she has the immense pleasure of mentoring minority graduate STEM students.