Student Information

Student Name

Mishaelle Gomez




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Biomaterials and Interface Tissue Engineering Labo

Mentor(s):Dr. Helen H. Lu

Topic of Internship

Biomedical Engineering

Background Information

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

Working at a biomedical engineering lab in Columbia University is an amazing experience to have as a high school student. I have been exposed to the work and research of high level college students and have learned more than I could ever imagine about biomedical engineering research. The lab consists of hardworking and intelligent graduate and post-graduate students whom Iíve been able to observe and learn from. I assist with preparing standards and assays, feeding scaffolds, taking pictures of cells, and so much more that I never expected I would do at such a young stage in my life. I really enjoy my internship and I feel so much more prepared to pursue a career in this field. Everyone at the lab is welcoming and willing to help me increase my knowledge in biomedical engineering.

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