Biomedical Engineering

Project Title #1: Quantitative Gait Analysis in Rodents
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Kyle Allen, kyle.allen@bme.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD students, orthobme@gmail.com
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 1-2 students a term
Prerequisites:  None, but preference for projects in our lab is given to students who have already been working in the lab. For instance, someone who started in our lab as a freshman/sophomore will have priority to choose a junior/senior level project.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application; apply online at http://www.orthobme.com/contact.html
Application Deadline: various times throughout the year – but beginning of semesters is typically best
Website:  http://www.orthobme.com
Project Description: Our lab researches various aspects of osteoarthritis. We frequently use spatiotemporal and dynamic gait analysis to quantify changes in rodent gait as osteoarthritis progresses. Junior and senior level undergraduates will learn about gait analysis in small animals and will collect data.

Project Title #2: Design and Construction of Preclinical Behavior Assays
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Kyle Allen, kyle.allen@bme.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD students, orthobme@gmail.com
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 1-2 students a term
Prerequisites:  None, but preference for projects in our lab is given to students who have already been working in the lab. For instance, someone who started in our lab as a freshman/sophomore will have priority to choose a junior/senior level project.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application; apply online at http://www.orthobme.com/contact.html
Application Deadline: various times throughout the year – but beginning of semesters is typically best
Website:  http://www.orthobme.com
Project Description: Our lab researches behavioral changes in preclinical models of osteoarthritis and TMJ disorders. We also have several collaborations in which we look at behavioral changes in spinal cord injuries, nerve grafts, genetic disorders, etc. Undergraduates will learn about preclinical behavior studies, design a new behavioral test, and build their design.

Project Title #3: Magnetic Capture of Osteoarthritis Biomarkers
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Kyle Allen, kyle.allen@bme.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Yash Shah, yyshah102@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 2-3 students a term
Prerequisites:  Completion of Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2, and wet lab experience is preferred, but not necessary.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, faculty interview; apply online at http://www.orthobme.com/contact.html
Application Deadline: none
Website:  http://www.orthobme.com
Project Description: Our laboratory recently developed a new technology to collect OA biomarkers directly from an OA-affected joint using magnetic nanoparticles and a magnetic microneedle. Using this technology, we strive to understand how molecular changes in the joint drive disease progression.

Project Title #4: Histological Analysis of Rodent Knees
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Kyle Allen, kyle.allen@bme.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD students, orthobme@gmail.com
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 2 students per term
Prerequisites:  None. Preference for higher level projects is given to students who have worked with our lab in their Freshman and Sophomore years. Some preference is given pre-BME Freshmen and Sophomores and BME Juniors.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Please apply through orthobme.com. Do NOT email Dr. Allen with applications. Applications will only be considered if they are received through the orthobme website; Apply through orthobme.com on the opportunities page. Graduate student mentors will contact students for interviews if there are available positions in the lab.
Application Deadline: none
Website:  http://www.orthobme.com
Project Description: Our laboratory recently developed a new technology to collect OA biomarkers directly from an OA-affected joint using magnetic nanoparticles and a magnetic microneedle. Using this technology, we strive to understand how molecular changes in the joint drive disease progression.

Project Title: Dosimetry, Computational Medical Physics, and Dose Assessment
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Wesley Bolch, wbolch@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Colin Paulbeck, cpaulbeck@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, 1 student a term
Prerequisites:  Completion of calculus III, some C++ or MATLAB programming
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: online application, resume, UF unofficial transcripts, letter of recommendation, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Dianne Caple, dcaple@eng.ufl.edu, to request an interview with Wes Bolch.
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  http://www.bme.ufl.edu/people/bolch_wesley
Project Description: This research project seeks to develop rapid and clinically accessible computational tools for use by radiologists and radiation oncologists to assess radiation organ dose and associated secondary cancer risks to patients following diagnostic imaging or radiation therapy. The Bolch laboratory has used computer animation software and real patient imaging data to create a 350-member library of pediatric and adult males and females that covers a broad range of subject heights, weights and body shapes. These anatomic models are now being used in all three areas of medical imaging: interventional fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine and computed tomography. Therapy applications of the UF patient phantom series include assessment of secondary cancer risks in proton versus photon cancer radiotherapy, and the use of kilovoltage stereotactic radiotherapy for halting the progression of age-related macular degeneration.

Project Title: Magnetic Particles for Growth Factor Delivery and Cell Separation
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jon Dobson, jdobson@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Adam Monsalve, amonsalve5@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 1 student per term
Prerequisites:  Undergraduate physics and calculus, and a background in chemistry or chemical engineering.
Credit:  0-2 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: potential University Scholars, $500 per semester, $10 per hour up to 10 hours a week (if application is successful)
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume; email one pdf file of all documents to Jon Dobson, jdobson@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: August 5, 2016 for Fall 2016 semester; November 1, 2016 for Spring 2017 semester
Website:  http://www.bme.ufl.edu/people/dobson_jon
Project Description: This project focuses on the fabrication of iron oxide-polymer micro- and nanoparticles for magnetically triggered growth factor delivery as well as for magnetic cell separation.

Project Title: Engineered Stem Cell and Immunomodulatory Strategies
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Brandi Ormerod, BOrmerod@bme.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): as assigned
Terms Available: varies annually
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisites:  Biomedical Engineering majors with a high interest in the project work
Credit:
  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: email Brandi Ormerod, BOrmerod@bme.ufl.edu, to request a faculty interview
Application Deadline: no specific
Website:  http://stemcell.bme.ufl.edu/
Project Description: My research focusses upon discovering how to harness CNS regenerative potential in the form of neural stem cells to 1) preserve cognition across life and 2) regenerate neural circuits damaged by disease or injury.  Our projects employ culture systems and adult rodents to examine the functional integration of new neurons into established neural circuits, identify peripheral and central inflammatory biomarkers of cognitive decline that is perhaps mediated by compromised hippocampal neurogenesis and hippocampus-unique factors that promote (or at least do not prevent) neurogenesis.

Project Title: Endocrine Pancreas Cellular and Biomaterials Engineering
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Edward Phelps, ephelps@bme.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): N/A
Terms Available: All positions have been filled until further notice
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, 2 students per term
Prerequisites:  Declared engineering or biomedical sciences major, at least sophomore level, passion and enthusiasm for research
Credit:
  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, Statement of research interest, Faculty interview, and technical writing sample, email Dr. Phelps all materials in one PDF, ephelps@bme.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: Rolling
Website:  http://www.bme.ufl.edu/labs/phelps/
Project Description: The islets of Langerhans are highly complex endocrine mini-organs within the pancreas that secrete insulin and glucagon to control glucose homeostasis and are the target of multiple metabolic diseases including type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D). In T1D, the insulin-producing beta cells of the islet are destroyed by an auto-immune attack. Our research interests lie at the interface of biomaterials engineering and the biology and treatment of diseases of the pancreatic islets such as T1D. For more detail see our laboratory website. We have various research opportunities for undergraduates to participate in this exciting science. Please contact Dr. Phelps for more information.

Project Title: Delirium Detection in ICU using Intelligent Systems
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Parisa Rashidi, parisa.rashidi@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 2 students per term
Prerequisites:  -Programming Skills, Math & Statistics, Good Communication Skills
Credit:
  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Parisa Rashidi, parisa.rashidi@ufl.edu, to request an interview.
Application Deadline: Spring 2017
Website:  n/a
Project Description: The expected outcome of this project is a new methodological approach to identify delirium using integration of existing clinical data with sensor data measured from accelerometers and cameras.

Project Title: Biomedical Applications of Magnetic Nanoparticles
Department: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Carlos Rinaldi, carlos.rinaldi@bme.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): varies
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, 2-5 students per term (new students when positions open)
Prerequisites:  Passion for science and engineering, interest in research and in advancing technology, self-driven. Students from Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering encouraged to apply. Students from other engineering disciplines inquire before applying.
Credit:
  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume and statement of research interest; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Carlos Rinaldi, carlos.rinaldi@bme.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  http://www.bme.ufl.edu/labs/rinaldi/
Project Description: The Rinaldi lab is interested in biomedical applications of magnetic nanoparticles. We combine particle synthesis, modification, and characterization and fundamental understanding of response to magnetic actuation to advance applications in biomedical imaging, therapeutic delivery, and nanoscale thermal therapy. The research is interdisciplinary, combining concepts from biomedical, chemical, electrical, and materials science and engineering.

Project Title #1: Biomaterials for Peripheral Nerve Injury Repair
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Christine Schmidt, schmidt@bme.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD students
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 1-2 students per semester
Prerequisites:  Chemistry lab and cell culture/wet lab experience preferred but not required.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, statement of research interest, faculty interview; please email application documents to Stacy Porvasnik, sporvasnik@bme.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  http://www.bme.ufl.edu/labs/schmidt/
Project Description: Our lab has multiple projects on the development of biomaterials to enhance peripheral nerve regeneration. We are currently focused on incorporating 3D porous architecture into naturally based hydrogels for guided axonal outgrowth and regeneration. In a parallel approach, we are currently optimizing and analyzing novel methods for decellularization of native peripheral nerve for use in peripheral nerve repair.

Project Title #2: Biomaterials for Spinal Cord Injury Repair
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Christine Schmidt, schmidt@bme.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD students
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 1-2 students per semester
Prerequisites:  Chemistry lab and cell culture/wet lab experience preferred but not required.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, statement of research interest, faculty interview; please email application documents to Stacy Porvasnik, sporvasnik@bme.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  http://www.bme.ufl.edu/labs/schmidt/
Project Description: Our lab has multiple projects on the development of biomaterials for applications in spinal cord injury. We are working to develop novel, thermally-gelling, injectable hydrogels for drug-delivery and enhanced regeneration in spinal cord injury. We are continuing to develop these biomaterials and characterize them in vitro and in vivo.

Project Title: Engineering Biomaterials for Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Cherie Stabler, cstabler@bme.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): as assigned
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 1-2 for Fall/Spring; 2-4 for summer, per availability
Prerequisites:  Declared engineering or biomedical sciences major. Sophomore level. Passion and enthusiasm for research
Credit:
  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email resume and statement of research interests to cstabler@bme.ufl.edu ; state desired semester (Fall/Spring/Summer) and availabilty (hrs per week). Students will then be interviewed.
Application Deadline: March 15th for Summer opportunities; rolling for Fall/Spring
Website:  http://www.bme.ufl.edu/labs/stabler/
Project Description: Undergraduate students in my laboratory have the opportunity to work on projects across a spectrum of research, from multiphysics modeling, to biomaterial development and characterization, to cell culture and biomaterial integration, to preclinical model work. Students are always assigned a mentor and transition from observation to support team to independent researcher, per student motivation and productivity. Student volunteers are primarily targeted for summer research, in order to maximize research productivity. Time commitment for summer should be at least 6 weeks full-time. Volunteering during the Fall and Spring semester is typically relegated to shadowing and minor work and a 6 hr per week commitment is expected.