Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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Calling all faculty members to submit a research project that undergraduate students can be a part of.

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“I chose bioengineering because I wanted to invest my time and effort in doing something that will eventually improve people's lives.”

— Luz Vargas Restrepo, bioengineering graduate student

All bioengineering undergraduate students have the opportunity to work with talented faculty in a research setting at Mason.

Available Research Projects

The following lab research projects are available for Bioengineering Undergraduates for the Spring 2022 term.

If you are interested, please click the faculty name and email them explaining why you are interested, what time you have available for the project and also include your CV and transcript.

You can also read about our research areas at https://bioengineering.gmu.edu/research

Messenger RNA Therapeutics

Faculty Member: Michael Buschmann 

Lab Location: Institute for Advanced Biomedical Studies (IABR) SciTech Campus

Project 1: Synthesis of novel lipids for mRNA Delivery using substitution reactions

Project 2: Characterization of electrophoretic mobility of mRNA lipid nanoparticles

Project 3: Measurement of delivery efficiency of mRNA lipid nanoparticles in cell cultures

Biomaterials and Nanomedicine

Faculty Member:  Caroline Hoemann

Lab Location: Institute for Advanced Biomedical Studies (IABR) SciTech Campus

Project 1:  Peripheral blood innate immune responses to nanomaterials

Project 2:  Ultrasound imaging of cartilage-bone tissues from healthy and arthritic joints

Neural Engineering

Faculty member: Nathalia Peixoto

Location: Fairfax campus (Nguyen Engineering and Peterson Hall)

Project 1: Combination of electroencephalography and virtual reality to predict subject’s emotional state.

Project 2: Mechanisms of memory formation and training in neural networks.

Project 3: Neuromorphic hardware development.

 

Faculty Member: Giorgio Ascoli

Project 1: Hippocampome
The student will learn to identify dendritic and axonal morphologies, microscopy techniques for their visualization, how they relate to the surrounding nervous tissue, and their effect on neuronal activity and network function.

Project 2: NeuroMorpho.org 
The student will learn to identify dendritic and axonal morphologies, microscopy techniques for their visualization, how they relate to the surrounding nervous tissue, and their effect on neuronal activity and network function.

Spatial Cognition

Faculty Member: Holger Dannenberg

Lab Location: Krasnow Building at the Fairfax Campus

Project 1: Investigating learning and memory by recording neural activity in freely behaving rodents

Project 2: Investigating the functional role of the neuromodulator acetylcholine during memory-guided behavior.

Project 3: Using deep learning methods to analyze neural activity during memory-guided behavior in freely behaving rodents.

 

Bioengineering students Luz Vargas Restrepo and Meena Alzamani pose with Juan Cebral, bioengineering professor.

Bioengineering students Luz Vargas Restrepo (middle) and Meena Alzamani pose with Juan Cebral, bioengineering professor. They were on campus to discuss bioengineering projects and ongoing research during Engineers Week.