Noelle Rabiah

Doctoral Candidate

Scottsdale, Arizona

Co-Advisor: Professor Lynette Cegelski

Education Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Arizona State University, 2014.

Research Focus

Tear-film component deposition on soft contact lenses

When any medical device is placed in the human body, it is subject to a new biochemical environment; the way in which the device interacts with the environment can be beneficial or detrimental to the user. In the case of contact lenses, they are placed in the tear film of the user and are subject to a variety of proteins and lipids of varying size and charge that may integrate within or deposit on the contact lens, depending on the chemical makeup of the contact lens.

My work focuses on understanding the interactions and implications of tear-film component deposition on hydrogel contact lens materials. Part of my research investigates macromolecular phenomena, i.e. changes in the wettability of contact lens materials. I am also investigating contact lenses and tear-film component deposition on the molecular scale using solid-state NMR techniques, in collaboration with the Cegelski lab at Stanford.