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UG Research Opportunity on Bioreactor Design

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Project description

This project focuses on developing tissue-engineering technologies to study bone mechanical environments. These findings will ultimately help improve clinical outcomes related to unloading related bone-loss in astronauts, and aged individuals with osteoporosis.

Mechanical Adaptations Laboratory is seeking motivated individuals to design experimental apparatus that will validate experiments that will fly to the International Space Station in Earth’s Orbit. Students will be exposed to a multifaceted team environment and have a chance to learn about Finite Element Modeling, 3D Printing, Microscopy, working with living cells, and bioreactor design.

Excellent candidates will have machine shop experience and be comfortable with prototyping new ideas quickly. Student researchers should be at least a sophomore in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical Engineering, Material Science) and Science (Physics, Biological Sciences, Chemistry) who are hardworking, and well organized with a positive work attitude.


    • Part-time in fall 2023 / spring 20243 (~15 hours/week)
    • Full-time in Sumer 2024 (40 hours/week)

Application Due: September 5

Start date: September 2023 (interviews will be on a rolling basis)
End date: August 2024 (with potential for longer employment)

To apply: Send your resume, unofficial transcript, and a brief cover letter to Gunes Uzer ( We will contact selected students for an interview shortly after the application deadline.