DURI 2016


Andrew Phung and Ethan Lotz

Scholar: Andrew Phung (BME)

Mentor: Ethan Lotz

Lab: Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D.

Project: Cell Mechanics Drive Osteoblastic Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation on Titanium Substrates

Emily Burtch and Kelly Hotchkiss

Scholar: Emily Burtch (BME)

Mentor: Kelly Hotchkiss

Lab: Rene Olivares-Navarrete, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Project: The Effect of Hydrogel Stiffness on Macrophage Activation and Wound Healing

Devin Mair

Scholar: Devin Mair (BME)

Mentor: Thomas Petet

Lab: Christopher Lemmon, Ph.D.

Project: Elucidating the Mechanism by which the Extracellular Matrix Protein Fibronectin Assembles


Scott, L.E., Mair, D.B., Narang, J.D., Feleke, K. & Lemmon, C.A. (2015) Fibronectin fibrillogenesis facilitates mechano-dependent cell spreading, force generation, and nuclear size in human embryonic fibroblasts. Integr. Biol. 7: 1454–1465.

Weinberg, S.H., Mair, D.B. & Lemmon, C.A. (2017) Mechanotransduction Dynamics at the Cell-Matrix Interface. Biophysical Journal 112: 1962–1974.

Rachel Bernardo and Anna Nagel

Scholar: Rachel Bernardo (BME)

Mentor: Anna Nagle

Lab: John Speich, Ph.D.

Project: Bladder Geometry Image Analysis


Nagle, A.S., Klausner, A.P., Varghese, J., Bernardo, R.J., Colhoun, A.F., Barbee, R.W., Carucci, L.R. & Speich, J.E. (2017) Quantification of bladder wall biomechanics during urodynamics: A methodologic investigation using ultrasound. Journal of Biomechanics 61: 232–241.

Nagle, A.S., Bernardo, R.J., Varghese, J., Carucci, L.R., Klausner, A.P. & Speich, J.E. (2018) Comparison of 2D and 3D ultrasound methods to measure serial bladder volumes during filling: Steps toward development of non-invasive ultrasound urodynamics. Bladder 5.

Mazin Nasir and Qianbin Xia

Scholar: Mazin Nasir (MNE)

Mentor: Qianbin Xia

Lab: Dr. Weijun Xiao, Ph.D.

Project: Flash-Aware High-Performance and Endurable SSDs

Rustgi and Fung

Scholar: Pulkit Rustgi (CS)

Mentor/Lab: Carol Fung, Ph.D.  

Project: RecDroid: Permission Control Framework for Android


Rustgi, P., Fung, C., Rashidi, B. & McInnes, B. (2017) DroidVisor: An Android secure application recommendation system. In: Proceedings of the IM 2017 - 2017 IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network and Service Management. pp. 1071–1076.

Sophie Baldwin

Scholar: Sophie Baldwin (ECE)

Mentor: Md Iftekhar Hossain

Lab: Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D.  

Project: Growth of Nanorod Magnets and Their Characterization

Grabrielle Cotman and Patrick Link

Scholar: Gabrielle Cotman (BME)

Mentor: Patrick Link

Lab: Rebecca Heise, Ph.D.

Project: Protein Nanoparticles for Respiratory Drug Delivery

Scholar: Zachary Ratliff (MNE)

Mentor/Lab: Ibrahim Guven, Ph.D.

Project: Evaluation of Damage in Composites due to Low-velocity Impact

Franck Kamga, Michael Valentine, and Dr. Heise

Scholar: Franck Kamga Gninzeko (BME)

Mentor: Michael Valentine

Lab: Rebecca Heise, Ph.D.

Project: The Role of Lung Macrophage Phenotype in the Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury Murine Model Using a Systematic Flow Cytometric Approach


Pouliot, R.A., Link, P.A., Mikhaiel, N.S., Schneck, M.B., Valentine, M.S., Kamga Gninzeko, F.J., Herbert, J.A., Sakagami, M. & Heise, R.L. (2016) Development and characterization of a naturally derived lung extracellular matrix hydrogel. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A 104: 1922–1935.