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BioE UG Student Research - Fall 2016

Intramural Internship (BIOENG 1002) - Fall Semester 2016

The Intramural Internship is designed to provide students with practical experience within an academic research environment that includes project planning, design or experimentation, and analysis. A research project involving a literature search, planning, design, fabrication, experimentation, analysis, and technical report writing is performed by the student. The work is completed under the guidance of a faculty member on an approved subject and culminates in an oral presentation at a technical symposium.

36 student researchers, 28 faculty mentors
Podium presentations made on 1 & 2 December 2016.
Presentation titles have a link to the abstract.

Predicting muscle force output using EMG activity.
Michael Adams Mentor: Robert Gaunt
In vivo lumbar modeling.
Zachary Adgate Mentor: William Anderst
Matrix-bound nanovesicles and the immune response.
Brooke Arnold Mentor: Stephen Badylak
A multifactor analysis of laminar cribrosa pore mechanics summary.
Morgan Austin Mentor: Ian Sigal and Andrew Voorhees
The optimization of intervertebral disc decellularization.
Ali Balubaid Mentor: Bryan Brown
“Wear” did you get those shoes? A study of slip injury.
Danielle Charbonneau Mentor: Kurt Beschorner
Right ventricular function in a simian immunodeficiency virus model of early pulmonary hypertension.
Ian Christman Mentor: Marc Simon
In vitro cardiac organoid induction: advancing a 3D “organ in a dish” model for biomechanical studies of early cardiac development.
Micah Feeney Mentor: Lance Davidson
Collagen fiber waviness and conformity: are they independent or related?
Emma Hundertmark Mentor: Ian Sigal
Mapping and modeling EEG signals before and after a craniotomy procedure.
Deepa Issar Mentor: Matthew Smith
The role of PFN1 in cancer.
Vishal Jagannathan Mentor: Partha Roy
Computational modeling of wall stress in ascending thoracic aortic aneurysms with different valve phenotypes.
Tom Kappil Mentor: David Vorp
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) vs. neuronal connectivity.
Mark Kelley Mentor: James Becker
Optimizing MBV isolation through matrix dissociation.
Brian Kolich Mentor: Stephen Badylak
Methods for identifying regions of collagen fiber anisotropy in the optic nerve head.
Nick Krall Mentor: Ian Sigal
Synthetic in vitro gene circuit for the detection of metal ions.
Maya Lemmon-Kishi Mentor: Alexander Deiters
Potential role of profilin in breast cancer metastasis.
Raj Madhani Mentor: Partha Roy
Sensing dopamine using PEDOT/CNT.
Jared Man Mentor: Tracy Cui
Double wall microsphere controlled delivery system for adipose tissue retention and enhancement.
Casey McBride Mentor: Kacey Marra
Building cyborg rats with carbon fiber electrodes.
William McFadden Mentor: Takashi Kozai
Solid drop dual-phase applicator.
Nate Myers Mentor: Morgan Fedorchak
Unearthing the cause of ALS: using the worm C. E Elegans to investigate disease pathways.
James Oosten Mentor: Todd Lamitina
Optimal fixation technique for proximal scaphoid fractures.
Samik Patel Mentor: Richard Debski
Crossing the bridge to heart mechanics.
Jeremy Pedersen Mentor: Sanjeev Shroff and Steven Smith
C1-C2 rotation.
Madeline Preece Mentor: William Anderst
Use of multi-modal structural MRI and pattern recognition techniques to predict amyloid deposition.
Jacob Reck Mentor: Howard Aizenstein
Practical evaluation of a “same day” tissue-engineered vascular graft.
Kamiel Saleh Mentor: David Vorp and Darren Haskett
Rotator cuff tendon histology: differences in localized degeneration.
Jackie Schauble Mentor: Richard Debski
Developing a bioreactor for testing of delivery profiles.
Inderbir Sondh Mentor: Steven Little
Software for 3D quantitative analysis of the eye vasculature.
Felipe Suntaxi Mentor: Ian Sigal
A breath of fresh air with acellular lung scaffolds.
Josh Tarantino Mentor: Bryan Brown
Development of two-photon calcium imaging methods for circuit mapping in mouse motor cortex.
Dillon Thomas Mentor: Bryan Hooks
Catch the wave: using prior knowledge of action potentials to identify neurons in chronic recordings.
Shruti Vempati Mentor: Matthew Smith and Adam Snyder
Cytochrome b5R3 controls phenotypic switching of smooth muscle cells.
Amogha Vijayvargiya Mentor: Adam Straub
Neural adhesion molecule L1 improves neural probe recording.
Yutong Zhang Mentor: Tracy Cui
Fabrication of patient-specific intracranial aneurysm models for burst testing.
Toby Zhu Mentor: David Vorp