Idaho Spotlight on Undergraduate Research Experiences

Vandal Undergraduate Research

For many students, an education at University of Idaho is more than just a classroom experience. Thousands of undergraduates are working with UI faculty on research projects, gaining lab or field experience, giving presentations, and authoring publications. These experiences provide vital additions to one’s resume and greatly increase acceptance rates into post-graduate programs and jobs. This site displays projects by many UI undergrads. Each page that describes a student’s work and accomplishments is developed and maintained by that student. Contact information is provided for the student and the faculty advisor(s) of the project.

Exploring Electrical Properties of Mesenchymal Stem Cells via Dielectrophoresis

Stem cells play an important role in regenerative medicine because of their ability to proliferate into various cell types. Current work focuses on murine mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) differentiating into tenogenically differentiated cells upon exposure to a growth factor TGFβ2. During the course of their differentiation on treatment, MSCs are observed to exhibit different phenotypical and genotypical changes accounting for their change in electrophysiological make-up, i.e., the capacitance and permittivity of both the cell membrane and its interior. In this study, murine MSCs are characterized using dielectrophoresis (DEP), a non-labeling, non-destructive electrokinetic technique using a crossover frequency method. DEP is known to be able to detect subtle changes within the cell. Studies were performed on both untreated and treated (treated with growth factors differentiating into tenogenically modified MSCs) murine MSCs; the treated MSCs were treated on a time scale of days 1, 3, and 7. The results showed that tenogenically modified MSCs differed significantly in their electrical properties and could be distinguished from the untreated MSCs as early as 3 days into treatment.

A novel approach to fight a drug resistant fungal pathogen

The initial discovery We are investigating the potential of protein toxins naturally produced by Saccharomyces[…]

Microbial Viability Within Hydrogel Matrices

By improving current bioremediation techniques for the removal of trichloroethylene from groundwater we can improve efficiency, improve safety, and treat spills closer to the source.

Evaluating β-Catenin as a Potential Regulator of Tenogenic Stem Cell Differentiation

Tendons are collagen-rich musculoskeletal tissues that function to anchor muscle to bone, and transfer mechanical[…]

When to vaccinate a fluctuating wildlife population: is timing everything?

Investigating whether or not timing a vaccination program can help protect wildlife and potentially facilitate pathogen elimination.

yEvo: A Yeast Evolution Lab for Budding Biologists

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