2016 College of Engineering REU Research Symposium

2016 College of Engineering REU Research Symposium

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REU Symposium Program

Mission Statement

The College of Engineering REU Research Symposium at the University of Georgia provides a platform to present biomedical engineering research conducted by exploring the interface between nanotechnology and biomedicine. A diverse group of undergraduate STEM students from eleven universities in nine different states across the country will share the culmination of their summer-long interdisciplinary research efforts. Their findings will contribute to scientific publications, inspire future projects, and provide the groundwork for continued exploration. This symposium is a credit to the success of an REU program designed to increase participation of underrepresented STEM students and encourage interdisciplinary research.


The College of Engineering at the University of Georgia is pleased to invite you to the second annual College of Engineering REU Research Symposium. The symposium will begin at 8:00 A.M. on July 27th, 2016, at the Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences Auditorium.

Nanotechnology is a rapidly growing field that has the potential to revolutionize medicine. This symposium will present research conducted at the intersection of nanotechnology and biomedicine to answer specific biomedical engineering questions.

The pool of scheduled speakers represents a diverse STEM student population. These eleven individuals in undergraduate  programs at ten universities from across the country have a range of majors including engineering, mathematics, and life sciences. They spent the summer collaborating with pairs of professors to take an interdisciplinary approach to their total-immersion, hands-on research. This symposium provides a platform for these students to present the culmination of their efforts. Their research will contribute to publications, provide the groundwork for more extensive exploration, and inspire new projects.

The research presented will cover a range of topics including the following:

  • Nanoparticles as potential screening devices for invasive gliomas
  • Multi-functional sensing catheter for cardiac electrophysiology therapy
  • Smartphone-enabled hemodynamic monitoring for patients with peripheral artery diseases
  • Density-based cell sorting for lung cancer circulating tumor cells counting
  • Role of nanoparticles’ mechanical stiffness in cell uptake
  • Characterization of nanoparticle-membrane interactions
  • Material-based modulation of cell binding
  • Live imaging of glioma cells encapsulated in biomimetic hydrogel scaffolds
  • Microfluidic devices for intraocular drug delivery
  • 3D model system for studying breast cancer metastasis