Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Bio-nanomechanical Behavior of Magnetic Bacterial Nano-Cellulose (MBNC) for Regenerative Vascular Treatments"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
biomaterials, tissue engineering
Project Description:
Penetrating Brain Injury (PBI) aneurysms are conventionally treated by surgical clipping or endovascular coiling. These clinical approaches have resulted in partial success due to thrombus formation and rupture of aneurysm walls. Our team is addressing this challenging brain trauma with a unique combination of a highly biocompatible biopolymer impregnated with magnetic nanoparticles to enhance the revascularization modality. The project in part focuses on developing a multi-layer, nanostructured scaffold to reconstruct the aneurysm defect. Studies include understanding the biocompatibility and biomechanics of the MBNC.
Expected Student Contributions:
the student will work in a team to conduct experiments measuring the biomechanical behavior of MBNC. In addition, work on BNC synthesis and MNP impregnation will also be included.
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Desired Qualifications:
>3.5 GPA, undergraduate research experience
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Allain, Jean Paul
nuclear engineering

Student Supervisor

Lisa Reece
Lab Director of BNC IN-CTSI BioNanotech

Cooperating Faculty

Lisa Reece
Birck Nanotechnology Center