Volgenau School of Engineering
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Ongoing Research Projects

Bioengineering students at George Mason University have unique opportunities to choose from a variety of research opportunities.

All students, including Freshmen, are able to work in one of our many labs during the summer or during the academic year. Some projects are for credit as independent studies and count as a Bioengineering Technical Elective (BENG 395), some are paid, and some are volunteer positions. Our students can apply to one of the listed projects or can work with our faculty directly to find a suitable research opportunity. Our faculty members also mentor Undergraduate Research and and Scholarship program (URSP) and Aspiring Scientist Summer Internship Program (ASSIP) students.

Over the course of the last 5 years Bioengineering students have held up to 10 percent of all Mason’s URSPs, semester depending, which is hugely successful considering the Bioengineering department’s size relative to the Mason’s student population. Our students work on important and timely medical issues applying and honing their skills to solve major world challenges.

Our faculty members and students in ongoing research projects include:

Professor Giorgio Ascoli

  • Neuromorphology Data Standardization (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)
    Schabnam Ahmadi, Biology senior (with College of Science)
  • Metadata Annotation for Brain Regions and Cell Types (Summer 2019 - Spring 2020)
    Yasmin Azam, Neuroscience sophomore (with College of Science)
  • Literature Mining for Quantitative Neuroanatomy (Summer 2018 - Spring 2020)
    Mary Floyd, Neuroscience senior (with College of Science)
  • Literature Mining for Quantitative Neuroanatomy (Spring 2017 - Spring 2020)
    Zulfa Ghannuchi, Neuroscience senior (with College of Science)
  • Meta-analysis of Neuromorphological Models (Summer 2019 - Spring 2020)
    Daniel Plaxe, Neuroscience sophomore (with College of Science)
  • Neuromorphology Data Standardization (Spring 2018 to Spring 2020)
    Brittany Stowers, Neuroscience sophomore (with College of Science)
  • Metadata Annotation for Brain Regions and Cell Types (Spring 2018 - Spring 2020)
    Oznur Temel, Biology junior (with College of Science)

Professor Kim Blackwell

  • Role of CamKII in Striatal Synaptic Plasticity (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)
    Esprit Blatchford-Rodriguez, Neuroscience senior (with College of Science)
  • Ethanol Effect on Globus Pallidus Networks (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)
    Cynthia Temeles, Neuroscience senior (with College of Science)

Professor Michael Buschmann

  • mRNA Encapsulation Efficiency in Nanoparticles (Spring 2020)
    Cierra Britt, Bioengineering sophomore with Biomedical Signals and Systems (BMSS) concentration
  • Size and Zeta Potential of mRNA Lipid Nanoparticles (Spring 2020)
    Nada Rabbat, Bioengineering senior with BMSS concentration
  • Production of Ionizable Lipids (Spring 2020)
    Julia Roda, Bioengineering senior with Bioengineering Healthcare Informatics (BHI) concentration
  • NMR Measurement of Lipid Ionization State (Spring 2020)
    Hooda Said, Bioengineering senior with BMSS concentration

Professor Parag Chitnis

  • Image-reconstruction Algorithms for Photoacoustic Tomography (Spring 2020)
    Matthias Eyassu, Computer Science sophomore
  • Photoacoustic Neurosensing Using DNA-based Voltage Reporting Nanoparticles (Spring 2019 - present)
    Grace Hyein Kim, Bioengineering sophomore with Bioengineering Prehealth (BMPH) concentration

Professor Caroline Hoemann

  • Optimizing Immunostaining of Hypoxic Cells (Spring 2020)
    Emma Dando, Bioengineering junior with BMSS concentration

Professor Siddhartha Sikdar

  • Comparison Between Position and Velocity Control of Prosthetics (Spring 2020)
    Zainab Aldarraji, Bioengineering senior with BMSS concentration
  • Next Generation Functional Orthotics for Foot Drop (Spring 2020)
    Allison Dockum, Bioengineering junior with BMSS concentration
  • Comparison of Sonomyographic and Myoelectric control for Prosthetics (Spring 2020)
    Maryam Oukib, Bioengineering junior with BMSS concentration

Professor Qi Wei

  • 3D Biomechanical Model Development Using Patient-specific MRI (Spring 2020 - present)
    Alice Peters, Bioengineering senior with BMSS concentration
  • Data Analysis Platform for Biomarker Identification in Cancer Immune Therapy (Spring 2020)
    Alexis Robbins, Bioengineering senior with BMPH concentration
  • Image Analysis of Immuno-histochemical Images for Cancer Treatment (Spring 2020)
    Fellipe Miqui, Bioengineering senior with BMSS concentration
Students at the Data Processing lab at the Krasnow Institute.

Yasmin Azam (leftmost) and Oznur Temel (center of room) with other students in a Data Processing lab at the Krasnow Institute.