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Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering

NSF REU Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Cellular Engineering

This program has expired and is no longer active. The last summer internship for this program was summer 2012.

This Institute hosted the NSF REU-funded summer undergraduate internship in Cellular Engineering. This program was open to undergraduates from all disciplines of science and engineering who were interested in cellular engineering. The goal of this program was to expose students to cutting-edge technologies and approaches in metabolic and tissue engineering. The program dates for 2012 were 5/30/12-8/3/12. The 2012 Flyer and FAQs are available for more information regarding this program.

Cellular engineering is a field with enormous potential to make truly significant contributions to mankind in both medical and non-medical fields over the next decades. We believe the next generation of therapeutics (following recombinant proteins and peptides) will utilize cells and tissues. Many new technologies in fields such as environmental engineering and chemical production will also be based on advances in cellular engineering. Interdisciplinary scientists and engineers with skills in molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, and engineering will be necessary for U.S. industrial competitiveness and will be crucial for translating our world leadership in the scientific aspects of biotechnology into cost-effective, environmentally benign, industrial and product applications.

Some examples of metabolic and tissue engineering research that was included in the summer program were:  engineering of hard and soft tissue formation, cardiovascular tissue engineering, engineering cell surface interactions, metabolic engineering, and development and motility. Students were also invited to attend the "Advances in Tissue Engineering" short course at Rice at no charge the week after the end of the research internship.

The NSF REU in Cellular Engineering featured: research training in cellular engineering; leadership, mentorship and social retreats; special seminars and career development workshops; a generous stipend and travel support; and on-campus housing.

Applicants were required to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a science and/or engineering background, and must have graduated high school and must have been currently enrolled as a full-time university undergraduate during the time of their internship.
Click here for specifics on the students participating as the 2012 NSF REU Cellular Engineering interns. The 2012 Cellular Engineering Schedule can be found here.  

CE Group 2012The NSF REU Cellular Engineering Photo Gallery contains photos of the program's activities during the internship, as well as links to photo galleries from prior years. Class Notes can be found here.

2012 NSF REU Cellular Engineering Summer Interns (from left to right, front row: Neerav Dixit, Stephanie Tzouanas, Aline Yonezawa; second row: Dr. Jennifer West (PI), Lyahn Hwang, Shreyas Dahotre; last row: Omar Banda, Chen Wu, Michael Lam, Isac Lee) 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. NSF DBI-1004476.  Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.