REU Research Symposium 2017

NanoBio REU Symposium Flyer

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, 2017, 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:

  • Microfluidic magnetic cell sorter for breast cancer circulating tumor cells
  • Spiral catheter with 1550 nm Fiber-Bragg grating and Mach-Zehnder interferometer for atrial electro-anatomic mapping
  • Development of Mn@C-dot based contrast agents
  • Force sensing soft robot
  • Role of nanoparticles’ surface coating mechanics in cellular uptake
  • Structured illumination light sheet microscopy to image seizures in Gad1b mutant zebrafish embryos
  • Printing solidified biomembrane networks
  • Nitric oxide-based modulation of cell binding
  • Optimization of a microfluidics device for the cell separation of F98 glioma cells from primary rat astrocytes
  • Mathematical modeling of renal crystal formation in patients with hyperoxaluria
  • Change of mitochondrial morphology in RSV infected MH-S cells using STORM

We look forward to seeing you at the symposium!

Photos from the Symposium.