Dahlia N. Amato

Dahlia is a fourth-year graduate student in the Patton Research Group.  Her research focuses on the design of functional polymeric materials with antimicrobial activity aimed at addressing the the increasingly prevalent challenges of bacterial resistance. 

2013 M.S. Polymers and Coatings, California Polytechnic State University

2013 B.S. Biochemistry, California Polytechnic State University

Recent Awards: Gore Fellow Bronze Finalist, Milliken Graduate Research Symposium, NSF Research Traineeship, Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship Finalist, NSF GK-12 Fellow

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Amato, D. N.; Amato, D. V.; Mavrodi, O. V.; Braasch, D. A.; Walley, S. E.; Douglas, J. R.; Mavrodi, D. V.*; Patton, D. L.* "Destruction of Opportunistic Pathogens via Polymer Nanoparticle-Mediated Release of Plant-Based Antimicrobial Payloads" Adv. Healthcare Mater. 2016, 5, 1094-1103. Link

Amato, D. N.; Amato, D. V.; Narayanan, J.; Donovan, B. R.; Douglas, J. R.; Walley, S. E.; Flynt, A.; Patton, D.* "Functional, composite polythioether nanoparticles via thiol-alkyne photopolymerization in miniemulsion" Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 10910-10913.  Link

Sengupta, P.; Gloria, J.; Amato, D. N.; Amato, D. A.; Patton, D.; Murali, B.; Flynt, A.* "Utilizing Intrinsic Properties of Polyaniline to Detect Nucleic Acid Hybridization through Electrostatic Interaction." Biomacromolecules 2015, 16 , 3217–3225.  Link

Amato, D. V.; Amato, D. N.; Flynt, A. S.; Patton, D.* "Functional, sub-100 nm polymer nanoparticles via thiol-ene miniemulsion photopolymerization" Polym. Chem. 2015, 6, 5625-5632. Link

Amato, D. N.; Strange, G.; Swanson, J.;  Chavez, A.; Roy, S.; Varney, K.; Machado, C.; Amato, D. V.; Costanzo, P. J.* "Synthesis and evaluation of thermally-responsive coatings based upon Diels-Alder chemistry and renewable materials" Polym. Chem. 2014, 5, 69-76.  Link