Vérida Léandre

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Contact Information
Email: verida_leandre@brown.edu, vjleandr@ncat.edu

Brown University, Providence, RI 02912
Biotechnology PhD Student

Short Biography

Vérida Jennings Léandre has been passionate about the learning process since early childhood. While most other first graders were playing in sandboxes and learning to read, Ms. Léandre was winning regional spelling bees and national essay competitions. After reading a biography of Dr. Benjamin Carson, an innovative neurosurgeon at John Hopkins University, Vérida decided to dedicate her life to the study of science and medicine. Ms. Léandre started her burgeoning research career in an 11th grade Independent Research Course. She studied the various pharmaceutical and surgical treatments of neurological disorders and diseases such as epilepsy and brain cancer under the advisement of researchers at John Hopkins University. Ms. Léandre has also interned at Howard County General Hospital and participated in the 2008 National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) Research Experience for Undergraduates program. She has also conducted nuclear/particle physics research at Duke University and cancer biology/nanotechnolgy research at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Vérida researched particle physics, Cherenkov radiation and photomultiplication in conjunction with Jefferson National Laboratories at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she received a bachelor's degree in physics.
Ms. Léandre is currently pursuing a PhD degree at Brown University in Providence, RI. Vérida is a member of the Molecular Physiology and Pharmocology/Biotechnology Department and is focusing her research on treatments of type II diabetes mellitus. Vérida is performing novel research concerning the bioadhesion of various polymeric dispersions in the gastrointestinal tract. The goal of this research is to develop oral drug delivery techniques for type II diabetes.

Presentations and Publications

  • "Optimizing nanomaterial heat transduction efficiency for photothermal cancer therapy through materials selection and modification of near-infrared radiation parameters", Poster Presentation, 2011 ABRCMS National Meeting (St. Louis, MO)
  • Winner - Student Presentation Award, "The 11C Project: Measure of root exudation at elevated CO2 levels in low and high nutrient solutions", Oral Presentation, 2011 APS National Meeting (Dallas, TX)
  • Winner - ACS Award, "The 11C Project: Measure of root exudation at elevated CO2 levels in low and high nutrient solutions", Poster Presentation, 2010 ABRCMS National Meeting (Charlotte, NC)
  • "Characterization of thin-film polyamide nanofiltration membranes", Student Publication in The 2008 NNIN Research Accomplishments (Process & Characterization)

Links to Presentations and Publications


My current research interests include:
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Polymer/ Materials Science
  • Treatment of Type II Diabetes

Research Advisers

My research adviser is Dr. Edith Mathiowitz.

Current Developments

  • I am performing novel research concerning bioadhesion of various polymers to the GI tract.
  • I am taking advanced coursework in biology, biomedical engineering and materials science.