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Exploring the Future of Biomaterials for Bone Grafts

Faculty Mentor: Sujee Jeyapalina
Title: Assistant Professor
College: Medicine
School / Department: Department of Surgery

Project description

Are you an ambitious student with a passion for making a meaningful impact in medical research? If so, we extend an invitation to you to join our research group on an exciting journey!

About Our Team:
We are a dynamic translational research team based at the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Utah. Our laboratory is located within the VA Hospital Research Department. Our ultimate goal is to develop bone grafts that are on par with bone autografts. Through innovative research, our aim is to revolutionize the realms of regenerative medicine and orthopedics by creating 3D-printed bone scaffolds. Our primary research currently focuses on synthesizing, characterizing, and fabricating biominerals, specifically hydroxyapatite and fluorapatite biominerals.

Keywords: Biomedical, Biomaterials, Bone graft, 3D Print

Student Role: We are in search of motivated and dedicated students who bring backgrounds in biomedical engineering, materials science & engineering, physics, chemistry, or related fields to the table. What We Bring to the Table:
• Hands-On Experience: As a valued member of our group, you will have the opportunity to gain priceless hands-on experience within our cutting-edge laboratory facilities. You'll have the chance to work closely with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, honing your skills in experimental techniques and research methodologies.
• Collaborative Atmosphere: We wholeheartedly believe in the power of collaboration and creativity. You will collaborate closely with a diverse group of like-minded peers, seasoned scientists, engineers, and medical doctors. This creates a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment where ideas flourish.
• Impactful Research: Your contributions will play a pivotal role in advancing biomaterials research, potentially reshaping the landscape of bone grafting for bone fracture and reconstruction.
Project Duration: 10-20 hrs per week
Opportunity Type: Research Assistant
Opportunity Location Type: In Person
Is this a paid opportunity: ToBeDetermined
Paid Description:

Volunteer, This is a work-study research position, Prepare a UROP proposal, Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis, Earn independent study credit

Minimum Requirements: backgrounds in biomedical engineering, materials science & engineering, physics, chemistry, or related fields.
How To Apply: If you possess a genuine enthusiasm for biomedical research, boast a strong academic foundation, and have a sincere interest in shaping the future of healthcare, we wholeheartedly encourage you to apply. To express your interest or gather more information, please forward your resume along with a concise statement of purpose to