Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Electric field simulation study of cancer tumors"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2012 - DURI
Research area(s):
Project Description:
Electroporation is gaining momentum as a loco-regional drug delivery technqiue to serve those who are not benefitting with the existing therapeutics including surgery, chemo and radotherapy. This involves the application of short duration, high intensity electrical pulses intratumorally to locally target the cells and immobilize them. Electric field intensity is a major parameter for effectively achieving the uploading of drug/gene/molecules. In this project, it is proposed to study the electric field distribution of various cancers, including breast cancer and study the effect of various pulse parameters and electrode geometries.
Expected Student Contributions:
learn the software (such as comsol) model various tumor configurations and study the electric field distributions and analyze the results
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Desired Qualifications:
3.5 and above junior capabale of independently (or with min training) learning and using the software interest, desire, and willingness to learn and explore new topics of research and deliver results
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Sundararajan, Rajeswari
Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology

Student Supervisor

Raji Sundararajan
Associate Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Ignacio Camarillo
Biological Sciences