Yasmine Stewart, a student at Savannah State University, has spent this summer conducting research at the University of Georgia as part of the College of Engineering’s Nanotechnology and Biomedicine REU program. Jasmine has been working to optimize a microfluidic device to better evaluate the interaction between CAR T-cells and solid tumors. CAR T-cell therapy is a type of treatment in which a patient’s T cells (a type of immune system cell) are changed in the laboratory so they will attack cancer cells. Our 2018 REU students are wrapping up their time with us today at a research symposium in the Coverdell Center.
The REU program will provide an interdisciplinary research experience at the interface of micro-/nano-technology and biomedicine to undergraduate students from other institutions, leveraging the diverse interdisciplinary expertise, resources, and training opportunities in this area at University of Georgia (UGA).
Students will participate in interdisciplinary research projects that apply micro-/nano-technology to specific biomedical questions. Each REU student will be co-mentored by paired faculty from the nanotechnology and biomedical disciplines on a collaborative research project. In addition to a total-immersion, hands-on research experience, students will participate in enriching activities that will include ethics-in-science workshop; weekly career development seminars; research seminars; educational field trips; participation in conferences in nanotechnology and biomedicine.