Unlike other years, this summer has been a very busy one. However, I spent my time doing something that I love, RESEARCH. As I mentioned in my previous blog, this SUMMER2017 I got the opportunity to be part of the REU in Reconfigurable and Multifunctional Soft Materials at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Campus. My research was focused in the development and characterization of type I collagen membranes modified with magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles for modulation of cell behavior. These modified membranes are of interest because when exposed to an alternating magnetic field, they enhance an increase in heat shock proteins. The expression of such proteins has been proven to influence stem cell behavior.