MIT student and Marshall Scholar Colleen Loynachan Loynachan was featured in the MIT News article, “Seeing Beauty in a Materials Science World.” Loynachan, who studies materials science, grew up in a family of artists and musicians and first thought she wanted to become a photojournalist. Now, Loynachan works in a lab using magnetic nanoparticles to noninvasively manipulate amyloid beta protein aggregates associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
“I observe protein fibers entangled into a large plaque decorated with nanoparticles that I have selectively targeted to the protein,” Loynachan says. “It’s really incredible to witness the experiments develop into a beautiful portrait. The patterns that I observe in my photography strongly recall the scientific images I’m creating.”
In the future, Loynachan says, she hopes to use her experience in art and engineering to “design creative solutions to global health problems.”