Undergrad BE research opportunities are available in the following labs at Penn for 2017-2018!  Please click on each lab for additional information.

 

Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Lab

 

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Contact: Walter Witschey (witschey@mail.med.upenn.edu)

What kind of research do we do?

We are a research group in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania and our main interest is the development of new imaging technologies for cardiovascular disease. Our main focus is on MR imaging of cardiac function and blood flow.

What potential research projects are there for undergrads?

In the past, undergraduates have worked on many different projects, including: image analysis of pig models and humans, tissue sample preparation, and observed animal surgeries and MR acquisitions. There are opportunities to learn about MRI physics, reconstruction, and data analysis in the context of cardiovascular disease.

What skills are needed?

We are looking for students who are open to learning and able to use software tools.  Programming skills would be a plus.

What compensation is there for undergrads?

Work study, volunteer

 

Computational Breast Imaging Group (CBIG)

 

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Contact: Despina Kontos (Despina.Kontos@uphs.upenn.edu)

What kind of research do we do?

CBIG’s goal is to act as a translational catalyst between the worlds of computation imaging science and clinical breast cancer research by integrating image analysis, pattern recognition and data mining in clinically relevant breast imaging applications.

What potential research projects are there for undergrads?

Student would work on the development and evaluation of quantitative imaging analytics for improving personalized clinical decision making for breast cancer screening/prognosis. The project would involve image analysis tasks, statistical analysis, and machine learning tools.

What skills are needed?

Previous experience with image feature extraction and machine learning.

Competence in programming (Matlab, Python, C/C++, and LINUX scripting) and quantitative analytical methods.

What compensation is there for undergrads?

Paid, volunteer

 

Cormode Lab

 

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Contact: Jessica Hsu (jesshsu@seas.upenn.edu)

What kind of research do we do?

Development of nanoparticle contrast agents for different imaging modalities.

What potential research projects are there for undergrads?

Past undergrads have worked on the synthesis of gold nanoparticles, optimization of various syntheses, and making biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles for controlled release.

What skills are needed?

We are looking for responsible and hardworking students who are eager to learn and have good communication skills.

What compensation is there for undergrads?

Unknown

 

Developmental Mechanobiology & Tissue Engineering Lab

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Contact: Joel D. Boerckel (boerckel@upenn.edu)

What kind of research do we do?

We are interested in the mechanobiology of development and regeneration. We study how mechanical cues influence morphogenesis, growth, adaptation, and repair, and how these physical cues can be used to engineer functional tissues.

What potential research projects are there for undergrads?

Undergrads in the lab are paired with a senior graduate student to learn techniques and contribute to ongoing projects in mechanobiology and tissue engineering. Those that have shown commitment, productivity, and interest have taken on projects of their own and/or earned authorship on papers in the lab. Undergrad projects have ranged from Matlab analysis of cell imaging data, to independent cell culture studies, to animal surgery.

What skills are needed?

Curiosity, passion for science/engineering, willingness to learn.

What compensation is there for undergrads?

Work study, paid, volunteer

 

 

Fang-Yen Lab

 

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Contact: Anthony Fouad (afouad@seas.upenn.edu)

What kind of research do we do?

Neural circuits and behavior

What potential research projects are there for undergrads?

Manipulation of circuits with optogenetics

Visualization with calcium sensors

What skills are needed?

We are looking for students who have previous experience with microscopy and MATLAB.  Students should be highly organized with lab notes.

What compensation is there for undergrads?

Work study, paid, volunteer, PURM

 

Heuckeroth Lab (CHOP)

 

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Contact: Sohaib Hashmi (hashmis@seas.upenn.edu)

What kind of research do we do?

We investigate gut motility disorders and defects in the gut nervous system and gut smooth muscle.

What potential research projects are there for undergrads?

Stem cell biology

Developmental biology

Mouse work

qPCR

RNA Seq

Microdissection

Applying biomaterials to cell culture experiments

What skills are needed?

Some basic lab experience such as an understanding of qPCR, principles of tissue culture etc. However, most importantly, enthusiasm and dedication are much more critical than any specific skills.

What compensation is there for undergrads?

Work study,  paid

 

Karp Lab (Physics Instrumentation Group)

 

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Contact: Varsha Viswanath (vvisw@seas.upenn.edu)

What kind of research do we do?

The lab builds and studies PET and SPECT scanners that are clinically used in oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, and neuroimaging. We study the quantification of reconstructed images and how it affects patient care.

This is a great lab for engineering students interested in clinically translatable research. It brings together many aspects of electronics, mechanics, data processing, and medicine.

What potential research projects are there for undergrads?

A student can assist with the mechanical construction of the two-meter-long PE scanner and testing of the components. They can help with imaging studies of physical phantoms that will contain radioactive solutions and filled mimic the activity distributions encountered in patient studies. The areas of involvement depend on the student’s technical skills in mechanical, electronic, or computer engineering

What skills are needed?

We are looking for students who are hardworking, willing to learn, and interested in translational research.

MATLAB, LabVIEW, or other programming experience is always helpful.

What compensation is there for undergrads?

Volunteer

PURM

 

Penn Image Guided Interventions (PIGI) Lab

 

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Contact: Nick Perkons (nperkons@seas.upenn.edu)

What kind of research do we do?

We work on the development of technology to enhance imaging and treatment of cancer, with a focus on hepatocellular carcinoma.  

The lab is good for students interested in clinically applicable research, particularly those weighing going to medical or graduate school (or both). The lab is home to a combination of medical students, graduate students, and medical residents.

What potential research projects are there for undergrads?

A past undergrad worked on a medical device used to treat liver cancer via the application of direct current.

What skills are needed?

Excited to learn

Ability to work semi-independently

What compensation is there for undergrads?

Work study, volunteer, PURM

 

Rizi Lab (Functional and Metabolic Imaging Group)

 

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Contact: Sarmad Siddiqui (sarmads@seas.upenn.edu)

What kind of research do we do?

We do MRI and CT research, and our research is primarily on hyperpolarized gas and carbon-13 imaging.

What potential research projects are there for undergrads?

Most undergrads would be helping in acquiring or processing some of the images that we acquire. We will teach them image acquisition techniques. As for processing, depending on their skill set, it can range from manual segmentation to programming pipelines

What skills are needed?

Familiarity with MATLAB.

Comfort with handling animals

What compensation is there for undergrads?

Paid

 

Yodh Biomedical Optics Lab/Wolfson Laboratory for Clinical and Biomedical Optics @ CHOP

 

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Contact: Tiffany Ko (tiko@seas.upenn.edu)

What kind of research do we do?

We develop diffuse optical tools to non-invasively measure cerebral hemodynamics (e.g. blood flow, metabolism) in diverse clinical populations and settings (e.g. adult traumatic brain injury; pediatric stroke; newborns with congenital heart disease) with the hope of optimizing patient care for cerebral health at the bedside.

What potential research projects are there for undergrads?

Student will be trained to make patient clinical measurements and select a project from a variety of research focuses ranging from clinical data analysis to bench-top optical instrumentation. MATLAB; LabVIEW (not necessary, but helpful)

What compensation is there for undergrads?

Volunteer