BME students place 1st in graduate and undergraduate categories at SEAS R&D Showcase

BME RD Showcase
February 19, 2015

Two BME students took First Place prizes in the 2015 SEAS Student R&D Showcase.  Allen Guan, a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Zhenyu Li, shared First Place in the Graduate Experimental category with two other SEAS students.  Allen created a microfluidic device that manipulates and controls small volumes of liquid in order to trap single cells at 100 percent efficiency. This new design method could aid scientists in studying single cells to investigate disease.

The first place prize in the Undergraduate research category went to junior Akhil Chandra.  Working with Dr. Matthew Kay and Dr. Nikki Posnack, a researcher in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Akhil investigated how exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA), found in many consumer products, can significantly reduce heart rate and the heart’s ability to pump blood.

Congratulations to Allen and Akhil.

More BME student projects are described in the GW Today article, “2015 SEAS Research & Development Showcase Spurs Innovation”