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REUs Summer 2015


Ellyn Anderson

Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering

Current research with Hyaluronic Acid in ECM and scaffolding construction with eventual growth of dental pulp stem cells.

Luke (Heesu) Shin

Cornell University
Biomedical Engineering or Materials Science and Engineering
Currently researching the cell-hydrogel interface interactions

 Steven Krim

 I am a rising junior at Stony Brook University studying Chemical and Molecular Engineering.  This year I worked on a project that is a mix between biomedical engineering and chemical engineering, I worked both on campus and at a local 3D printing company to create a 3D printable tissue-engineering scaffold. 

 Veronica Burnett

I major in Chemical and Molecular Engineering with a specialization in Energy and a minor in Business Management at Stony Brook University.  My current research involves two different projects that will hopefully combine in the future: the first is designing a polymer mold for different scaffolds for cell growth in the hopes of creating an in vitro blood vessel and the second project is testing different scaffolds for 3D-printing capabilities as well as their biocompatibility. 

 Kim Nguyen

I am in my third year majoring in chemical and molecular engineering at Stony Brook University. My focus is on wind energy, where I must find the factors affecting the efficiency of wind turbines and relate these factors to energy production and output. We use MATLab as a simulation and modeling tool to simulate the energy production with wind energy, solar energy, and batteries given a certain day or week. 

 Alyssa Auerbach

I am currently a junior at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University studying Cellular and Molecular Biology and Judaic Studies. I am looking to pursue a career in medicine, with an ultimate goal of a specialty in Reproductive Endocrinology. 

 Ashley Bernstein

Junior, Chemistry Major, Music and Astronomy minors

Stony Brook University. This summer I worked with hydrogen fuel cells, where we varied the coating on the Nafion membrane we used (for example gold, gold alloys, and graphene oxide coatings). 

 Ellyn Anderson

 I am majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a minor in Biomolecular Science at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering.  I have been researching Hyaluronic Acid and its application to cell growth during the Garcia program.

Gabriel Cecchini

  I am a rising senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).  I am majoring in chemical engineering and planning to minor in economics. 

Sneha Chittabathini

  I am a junior at Stony Brook University majoring in Biomedical Engineering. This year I'm trying to use my knowledge to culture endothelial cells to create a blood vessel. Another aspect of this project includes creating a semi-lunar mold out of PDMS to culture the cells on. This needed a lot of engineering cause we needed to create a mold out of Teflon for the PDMS mold. Garcia has made me the person I am now.

  Gurkirat Singh

Presently, I am junior in the chemical and molecular engineering program at Stony Brook University. This year, I am working with a high school student to build and optimize a microbial fuel cell, which uses bacteria to break down waste water to produce energy. This can potentially be be scaled up to produce energy in waste water treatment plants, and make them self-sufficient.

Tasnuva Moutushi

Undergraduate student at Stony Brook University, Chemical and Molecular Engineering Major

I am a rising senior pursuing Bachelor of Engineering, and majoring in Chemical and Molecular Engineering at Stony Brook University.  This summer I am working as an undergraduate researcher (REU) in the Garcia Program, where I am part of the Hydrogel Fuel Cell project. I am getting valuable research experience and analytical skills out of this, which can help me in graduate school as well as in industry afterwards. 


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