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University of Texas at Austin

  • AdvisorAndrew Dunn, Ph.D. (Department of Biomedical Engineering)
  • Description – Development of a multi-modal optical imaging system for studying the effects of ischemic stroke on the brain. Currently focusing on the design of a DMD (digital micro-mirror) controlled selective wide-field illumination strategy for pO2 vascular measurements.
  • Papers
    • Under Review in Neurophotonics
    • Under Review in Biomedical Optics Express
  • Posters
    • Targeted photothombotic stroke: a method for producing upper extremity impairments in mice (Neuroscience 2016)
    • Enlarging the penumbra with a slight variation of the standard photothrombotic technique: targeted artery occlusion (Neuroscience 2016)
    • Simultaneous imaging of oxygen tension and blood flow during stroke using a digital micromirror device (2014 Austin Translational Neuroscience Symposium)
    • Simultaneous imaging of oxygen tension and blood flow during stroke using a digital micromirror device (BMES 2014 Annual Meeting)
    • Delivery of oxygen-sensitive two-photon contrast agent to the mouse brain via blood brain barrier disruption using ultrasound and microbubbles (BMES 2013 Annual Meeting)

University of Washington

  • AdvisorWendy Thomas, Ph.D. (Department of Bioengineering)
  • Description – Development of a novel protein-based force sensor for use in detecting and measuring tensile mechanical forces related to cellular adhesion. Focused on the design of an in vitro testing system to selectively apply forces to the chimeric fluorogen-activating protein and visualize the resulting changes in fluorescent signal.
  • Posters
    • Demonstrating functionality of fluorogen-activating protein force sensor (2011 Undergraduate Research Symposium)

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

  • Advisor – Ming Luo, Ph.D. (Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering)
  • Description – Development of a protocol for the expression, purification, analysis, and high-resolution imaging of the Ebolavirus nucleocapsid protein for future X-ray crystallography studies. The extracted nucleocapsid was successfully visualized using scanning electron microscopy.