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MURI Program: Stem Cells and Hydrogel for Bone Healing

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:
The Skeletal Biology and Healing Lab is located in the Department of Biology, School of Science. We collaborate with faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering to train future biologists and engineers.

Project summary:
Each individual student will be assigned for specific tasks. All the students will be able to help each other and work as a team.

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

The students will isolated and culture endothelial progenitor cells, make biomaterials, take part in small animal surgery and perform bone histology and biomechanical testing.

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

Students should have completed lab biosafety trainings and some lab research experience.

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

  1. Students will have opportunities to present posters in local and national research meetings.
  2. Students will have opportunities to write manuscripts with graduate students.