Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
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George Mason University

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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

Available Research Projects

Effect of synaptic plasticity on stop-signal reaction time task - Kim Blackwell

Working with the brain simulator and enhancing an existing model of the basal ganglia by adding synaptic plasticity. Simulations cortical inputs and evaluates how synaptic plasticity influences basal ganglia output.

Term: Spring 2020

Stipend: No stipend offered

Applicant Eligibility Requirements: BENG 327 or NEUR 327 and python programming

Department: Bioengineering

Location: Krasnow Institute


Comparison of the Effects of Gait Modification Strategies on Knee Adduction Moment in Patients with Medial Knee Osteoarthritis - Nelson Cortes

The external knee adduction moment (KAM), which is used as a surogate measure of joint load, has been repeatedly associated with knee osteoarthritis (KOA) severity and progression. Prior research has shown an association between KAM and KOA severity as symptomatic individuals with greater KAM at baseline have demonstrated poorer outcomes at follow-up. Recent studies have investigated various gait modification interventions, designed to decrease KAM with the goal of reducing the symptoms and slowing down the progression of KOA. While initial results have been positive, the majority of these studies have employed quasi-experimental designs using healthy participants, severely limiting the generalizability of their findings to the target population. The purpose of this study is to address these limitations by comparing the effects of previously studied gait modification interventions on KAM in patients with KOA.

Term: Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020

Stipend: No stipend offered

Applicant Eligibility Requirements: Knowledge of biomechanics, bioengineering, and programming (MATLAB), as well as interest in anatomy and motion capture

Department: School of Kinesiology

Location: Science and Technology Campus


Wireless, ultrasensitive electrochemical sensing based on laser-induced, polymer-derived porous graphene - Pilgyu Kang

The objective of this project is to develop biosensors with high sensitivity in wireless, wearable platform based on laser photothermally induced porous graphene. This project aims to explore:

  1. synthesis of micro/nano structured atomic-scale materials via laser photothermal manufacturing,
  2. characterization of laser-synthesized structured graphene, and
  3. fabrication and characterization of electrochemical transducer devices for development biosensors in a flexible, wireless platform.

Undergraduate research assistant students will work together with graduate students as a team.

Term: Spring and Summer 2020

Stipend: To be determined based on skills and experiences.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements: Enthusiastic juniors and seniors who are interested in getting involved with undergraduate research.

Department: Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering

Location: Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research (IABR) Manassas, 1024 and 1027, Science and Technology Campus


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.