Company/Organization: Biomaterials and Interface Tissue Engineering Lab @ Columbia University
Mentor(s):Dr. Helen H. Lu and Siddarth Subramony
Topic of Internship
Biomedical Engineering Department
The Biomaterials and Interface Tissue Engineering Laboratory is one of many research facilities at the Columbia University department of Biomedical Engineering. The laboratory is operated under the supervision of laboratory director Helen H. Lu, an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering and an established researcher at Columbia University. Dr. Lu supervises several doctoral, masters, post-baccalaureate, and undergraduate students in their research activities within the lab. The laboratory utilizes advanced research equipment to design novel scaffolds for orthopaedic interface tissue engineering. The general areas of research focus are on the design of scaffolds that assist in the repair of the rotator cuff tendon-to-bone interface, osteochondral interface, and the anterior cruciate ligament.
Summary of Internship
The Biomaterials and Interface Tissue Engineering Laboratory offered me an experience reserved for high level college students. The tasks I performed ranged from manipulating nanofiber scaffolds for rotator cuff repair to assisting in coordinating materials for an upcoming research study. I was also given the opportunity to directly observe the anatomy of relevant tendons and ligaments while assisting in the dissection of a bovine rotator cuff and knee joints. An internship at the Biomaterials and Interface Tissue Engineering Laboratory is a great experience because it exposes an individual to cutting-edge biomedical engineering research. In addition, the laboratory has a great team of professionals who welcomed me to their workplace and were eager to help me expand my knowledge.
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