Dylan Anstine is from southern Kansas City, Missouri. He completed his undergraduate studies in nanoscience with an emphasis in physics at Northwest Missouri State University in May 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Himadri Chakraborty. His undergraduate research was focused on computational simulations of carbon fullerenes, photoionization, and endohedrally confined gases. The work involved using perturbation theory to investigate the field of ultra-fast optics and correlative electron behavior.
Dylan arrived in the Colina group July 2016 where he began studying the mechanical properties of amorphous polymers using all-atomistic models and non-equilibrium molecular dynamics. His current research interest is in examining hydrogel networks and developing algorithmic approaches to generate controlled in silico hydrogel topologies. Traditionally it is difficult to analyze and characterize hydrogel structure; creating a classical problem of defining structure-property relationships. Defining the effects that hydrogel network structure has on gel mechanical properties will have a significant impact on the fields of soft mechanics and modeling, cell culture, and tissue engineering.