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MURI Program: Design of Artificial Retina on a Chip

DUE is home to IEL and the CRL which is administering the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) both in the academic year and the summer, which creates and supports multidisciplinary research teams consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, senior staff and faculty. The primary purpose of these teams is to provide undergraduates a unique opportunity to gain research skills by working with mentors on real world problems.

Overview of department:
Synthesize gold nanoparticles and create an artificial retina. Optimize the process and characterize the retinas.

Project summary:
We will make an artificial retina and test it on live tissue. The nerve activity needs to be detected via appropriate detectors.

Specific tasks that the MURI student will complete: 
Duties of the position typically include the following:

Synthesize nanoparticles, deposit on cut glass, cover with dielectric, and recorded the nerve activity.

Specific qualifications (knowledge, skills, class standing, etc) we desire the MURI student to have:

  1. Chemistry lab Biology Lab Nanofabrication Design of Experiments.
  2. Fluorescence monitoring

Learning objectives:
By the end of this position assignment, the student will meet the following learning objectives

  1. Electronic-Tissue interfacing Bionic eye
  2. Mastering the use of nanotechnology equipment