Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Biomechanics of Collective Cell Migration"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2015 - DURI
Research area(s):
Birck Nanotechnology Center, Mechanical Engineering
Project Description:
Cell migration is a key cellular behavior during many important physiological and pathological processes such as wound healing and cancer metastasis. During this process, cells are thought to communicate each others and often migrate as a group rather than individuals. This kind of behavior is called "collective cell migration." Particularly, experimental study to understand mechanical interactions among the cells and between the cells and the matrix are primary focus of this project.
Expected Student Contributions:
Perform independently and/or assist graduate students to perform experimental research including time-lapse microscopy, digital image analysis, and biomechanics analysis.
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Desired Qualifications:
ME or BME Junior with course work related to solid, fluid or bio-mechanics. Experience with wet lab is preferred but not required.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Han, Bumsoo
mechanical engineering

Student Supervisor

Altug Ozcelikkale
Graduate Student

Cooperating Faculty

Kinam Park
Biomedical Engineering