2019 ISUR Research Expo

The College of Engineering Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research (ISUR) program is for
students looking for a structured two-semester research experience with a research learning
community. The program facilitates opportunities to expand students’ academic experience
beyond the walls of the traditional classroom. Through the learning-by-apprenticeship model,
students become familiar with research methodologies, develop their research skills, are exposed
to what graduate school entails, and gain experience needed for graduate school acceptance or
research in industry.

The following is the list of projects and researchers for ISUR 2019:

A Novel Approach to Encapsulate Homogeneous Catalysts
Muneeb Ansari, Senior, Specialized Chemistry, LAS

Single Cell RNA Sequencing
Anusha Anumakonda, Sophomore, Electrical Engineering, ENG

“Color” Detection of Bone Microcracks in vivo with Hafnium Oxide Nanoparticles and Photon Counting CT
Lily Benig, Senior, Bioengineering, ENG

In-Situ Characterization of High Temperature Oxides up to 3000°C
Julia Elizabeth Brodecki, Junior, Materials Science and Engineering, ENG

Whitney Tso, Senior, Materials Science and Engineering, ENG

27-Hydroxycholesterol Implicated in Breast Cancer Reemergence from Dormancy
Joy Chen, Sophomore, Bioengineering, ENG

Time-Series Bacterial Colony Tracking Using Computer Vision
Adam Dama, Senior, Bioengineering, ENG

Applications of Reinforcement Learning in Planetary Rovers
Parth Dhruve, Sophomore, Aerospace Engineering, ENG

Microfluidic Device for Cell Encapsulation
Michael Ding, Senior, Chemical Engineering, LAS

Investigating the Effectiveness of MDI-QKD with Weak Coherent Pulses
Annika Dugad, Senior, Electrical Engineering, ENG

Development and Characterization of Stimuli-Responsive Polymer Microcapsules
Simon Egner, Senior, Materials Science and Engineering, ENG

Differentiation of Liver Progenitor Cells in Defined 3D Microtissues
Krista Habing, Junior, Bioengineering, ENG

DNA Origami Assisted Plasmonic Nanostructure
Joe Haight, Senior, Engineering Physics, ENG

Developing a Spatially-Defined Biomaterial Model of the Glioblastoma Perivascular Niche
Christine Hunter, Senior, Bioengineering, ENG

Multiscale Multi-modal Imaging of Ischemic Tissue Microenvironment After Cell-based Therapy
Than Huynh, Senior, Bioengineering, ENG

Experimental Model of Mass Transfer Rates of Diffusion-Limited Emulsion Co-Polymerization
Thomas Johnston, Junior, Chemical Engineering, LAS

Developing Bio-Inks to Fabricate 3D Hydrogel Platforms for Glioblastoma
Nicole Jugovich, Junior, Chemical Engineering, LAS

Rapid Fabrication of Multifunctional Vascular Composites Using Transient Polymers
Adam Ladd, Senior, Materials Science and Engineering, ENG

Methods Towards Achieving Atomically-Clean Graphene Transfer
Rachel Lawless, Junior, Materials Science and Engineering, ENG

Enhancing Spatial Control of Optogenetic Stimulation and Imaging with an Optical Fiber Bundle System
Alyssa Licudine, Sophomore, Electrical Engineering, ENG

Mechanics of Dual-Capture Microfluidic Devices
Cynthia Liu, Senior, Bioengineering, ENG

Optimization of Mechanical and Biointegrative Properties of Bone Replacement Composites
Andrey Nosatov, Sophomore, Materials Science and Engineering, ENG

On Analytical Modeling of Flaky Tests
Otto Piramuthu, Sophomore, Computer Science, ENG

How Multiple Motors Move Cellular Cargo
Jake Ribich, Junior, Engineering Physics, ENG

Cello Timbre Synthesis Using the Source/Filter Model
Anabel Rivera, Junior, Electrical Engineering, ENG

Utilizing Sonometric Crystals for In Vivo Ultrasonic Communication
Kanad Sarkar, Sophomore, Electrical Engineering, ENG

Development of a Facile Experimental Technique for the Fabrication of Double Emulsions
Grayson Schaer, Senior, Aerospace Engineering, ENG

Chiral Analysis of D-Aspartate in the Islets of Langerhans
Jack Schnieders, Junior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, LAS

Magnetic Field Mapping with Dipole Models
Daniel Steinberg, Junior, Aerospace Engineering, ENG

A MATLAB Graphical User Interface to 3D Print Anatomical Models
Muzammil Siddiqui, Senior, Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, ENG

Controlling Stochastic Pluripotent Stem Cell Differentiation
Harpal Singh, Sophomore, Bioengineering, ENG

Determining Macrophage Polarization within Mineralized Collagen-Amnion Scaffolds for Craniomaxillofacial Bone Regeneration
Diana Slater, Junior, Bioengineering, ENG

The Missing Link Between Acoustic Stealth and Poroelasticity: A Soft Filament Approach
Greg Stroot, Senior, Mechanical Engineering, ENG

Automated Bacterial Colony Tracking on Solid Media
Matthew Tang, Senior, Bioengineering, ENG

The Effect of Mixture Proportioning on the Relationship Between Slump and Yield Stress of Concrete
Benjamin Tung, Senior, Civil and Environmental Engineering, ENG

Universal, Green Chemistry Approach to Synthesizing Functional Theranostic Gold Nanoparticles
Rachele Wen, Senior, Bioengineering, ENG

Nanopatterned Thin Film Heterostructures as Majorana Platform
Xiuting Wu, Senior, Engineering Physics, ENG

Ultrasound-Induced Hyperthermia of Mouse Cervical Lymph Nodes
David Yan, Junior, Electrical Engineering, ENG

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