Teacher Research Training Descriptions - 2022

*Some training opportunities are able to be done remotely. This is noted in the title/description.*

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Dartmouth College - 2 teacher positions

Primary Research Mentor: Katherine Mirica

Project Description:

Textile-based electronics hold promise for enhancing health monitoring, alleviating disability, increasing personal safety, and tracking of environmental pollution. Modern wireless connectivity and cloud computing offer unparallel opportunities for broad deployment and integration of wearable electronic devices into real-time control of industrial systems and into personal protective equipment. Smart textile sensors, in particular, have the potential to advance the impact of wearable electronics through breathable, versatile devices and garments capable of electronically transduced interactions with the local environment. This project focuses on the integration of conductive materials onto textile substrates through self-assembly to create electronic sensors with relevance to biomedical analysis or development of personal protective equipment. Researchers will learn and develop bottom-up techniques for integration of conductive materials into textile substrates and characterize these constructs using electronic measurements, electron microscopy, and X-Ray techniques. Researchers will contribute to the assessment of smart textiles as chemical sensors and study their robustness to withstand chemical and physical tests.

Prerequisites: completion of General Chemistry curriculum at the University Level

Dartmouth College - 2 Teacher positions

Lead Researcher: Ian Baker

Primary Research Mentor: Bram Kuijer

Project Description:

The teacher will assist the graduate student in sample preparation and experiments of various metals used in biomedical and biomaterials uses. Teacher will learn to use equipment such as high and slow speed saws, autopolisher, potentiostat, tensile tester, and electron microscopes. The teacher will engage also in electrolyte (acidic, basic, and simulated body fluid) preparation and handling. The teacher will also learn to identify different types of corrosion and characterize the effects of the electrolyte on the metal. This is an important skill in many scientific fields and the experience will provide a specialized knowledge of the subject as well as use of commonly used equipment in engineering.

Prerequisites: General chemistry, basic materials science

UNH Durham- 1 teacher position

Lead Researcher/Primary Mentor: Kyung Jae Jeong

Project Description:

The student will participate in developing novel bioinks for 3D bio-printing. Mesenchymal stem cells will be embedded in the bioinks and differentiated into various linages (osteoblasts, chondrocytes, adipocytes) within the printed microstructures. The students will learn rheology, 3D printing, basic cell culture and several biological assays throughout the project.

Prerequisites:

N/A

UNH Durham - 1 teacher position

Lead Researcher/Primary Research Mentor: Nathan Oldenhuis

Project Description:

Students will isolate pDNA and proteins from bioreactor based fermentation processes and then chemically alter them to make precursors for materials. These materials will be used for applications in drug delivery, gene production, and cellular scaffolding.

Prerequisites: Students should be familiar with organic chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology if possible. 

UNH Manchester- 2 teacher positions

Lead Researcher/Primary Mentor: Won Hyuk Suh

Project Description:

 Students will learn how to work with both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, peptides, proteins, polysaccharides, synthetic polymers, and bioactive small molecules to formulate new bioinks to 3D print human stem cells and perform needed physicochemical and biological characterization experiments. Depending on student interest and background, students can focus on two or more of the following topics: (1) peptide/protein synthesis/characterization, (2) rheology, (3) cell culture, (4) molecular biology techniques, (5) microscopy, (6) numerical/statistical analysis.

Prerequisites: General Chemistry or General Biology or Calculus

Keene State College - 1 teacher position

Primary Research Mentor: Md Ahasan Habib

Project Description:

This research aims to provide a background for three-dimensional (3D) printing applications for cell scaffolding. Three-dimensional bioprinting is a rapidly growing field attempting to recreate functional tissues for medical and pharmaceutical purposes. Perfusion bioreactors may offer better fresh growth medium to encapsulated cell compared to traditional static incubation technique. In this research, we will continue to improve our already designed and prototyped bioreactor in terms of performance. To do this, we may need to modify design, prototype, simulate results, and compare them with the real time data. 

Students will be trained before starting the work. Students should also have the ability to work in a team, finish the work in a timely manner, update the work to the primary researcher, maintain proper communication, follow the lab working protocol, manage the test data and maintain records.

Prerequisites: Minimum Qualifications: Completed coursework in CAD, and basic engineering

Desirable but not required:  Any manufacturing related works

University of New Hampshire – 1 teacher position

Primary Research Mentor: Kang Wu

Project Description: Screening Geobacillus Strains for Heavy Metal Resistance

Prerequisites: General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry

Available Format: In-person, Hybrid, Remote

University of New Hampshire – 2 teacher positions

Primary Research Mentor – Brad Kinsey

Project Description - Characterization of Metal Deformation using Uniaxial Tension and Electromagnetic Forming

Prerequisites – Physical Science, Physics

Available Format: In-person, Hybrid, Remote

University of New Hampshire – 2 teacher positions

Primary Research Mentor: Eshan Dave / Jo Sias

Project Description: Mechanical Testing of Asphalt Concrete Specimens Containing Recycled Materials

Prerequisites: Physical Science, Mathematics, Statistics

Available Format: In-person, Hybrid, Remote

University of New Hampshire – 1 teacher position

Primary Research Mentor: Xiaowei Teng

Project Description: Chemical Energy storage for next generation batteries

Prerequisites: General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry

Available Format: In-person only

University of New Hampshire – 1 teacher position

Primary Research Mentor: Nan Yi

Project Description: Catalytic conversions for Hydrogen Fuel Cell alternative energies

Prerequisites: General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry

Available Format: In-person, Hybrid, Remote