Sciences: Neural Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials

Department: Chemical Engineering

Supervising Faculty Member: Kyle Lampe

Specialization: Neural Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials

Research Focus: The Lampe Group develops biomaterials for tissue engineering with a particular interest in the central nervous system. We hope to use our biomaterials strategies to more accurately model physiological cell culture conditions and better understand and treat diseases and injuries of the central nervous system. Lab website:  http://faculty.virginia.edu/lampe/

Position Description: Students will synthesize biomaterials, culture mammalian cells, and assist in carrying out experiments and analyzing data. Additionally they will read and summarize literature related to neural tissue engineering. Students will actively participate in weekly Lampe Group meetings.

Required skills: Our work relies heavily on chemistry and biology and thus introductory courses (or AP credit) in those disciplines is recommended. Students should have familiarity with Excel. Students must be able to perform basic wet lab measurements (ie, prepare solutions at known concentrations, make accurate and precise measurements of mass and volume). Students should demonstrate a strong commitment to research and be prepared to balance their coursework with this research experience. We value good written and verbal communication skills.

Computer software: Basic familiarity with Excel is important.

Training/certification: Students are required to have chemical safety training and biosafety training prior to beginning work in the lab. This can be provided after student selection.

What you will learn:

  1. Develop technical acumen in the synthesis of biomaterials and cell culture
  2. Gain an understanding of matrix-cell interactions and important matrix design criteria
  3. Design and conduct an independent experiment to test a scientific hypothesis

Web site link to research: http://faculty.virginia.edu/lampe/