Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"The combined role of extracellular matrix composition and stiffness on muscle and tendon cell behavior"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
cell biology; biomedical engineering
Project Description:
The aim is to have my student(s) quantify how the behavior and gene expression of tendon fibroblasts and muscle satellite cells are influenced by variations in substrate stiffness and extracellular matrix coating. This information will be used to enhance the formation of engineered tendons and muscles in vitro.
Expected Student Contributions:
The student will be directly assisting the PI in carrying out experiments involving one or more of the following: Cell isolation from transgenic animals, cell culture of muscle and tendon cells, qPCR, immunohistochemistry and live cell imaging.
Related Website(s):
None
Desired Qualifications:
None
Estimated Weekly Hours:
10
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Name:
Calve, Sarah
Deptartment/College:
Biomedical Engineering

Student Supervisor

Name:
Sarah Calve
Title:
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Shihuan Kuang
Deptartment/College:
Animal Sciences