Physics/Biomedical Engineering/Bioinformatics – Mehta
Professor Pankaj Mehta
Options: Funding, UROP, Work-Study
Our Theoretical Biophysics Group (http://physics.bu.edu/~pankajm) is looking for three undergraduates to work on projects over the summer.
The first project involves understanding cellular morphology of cancer cells during migration. Work will involve writing custom image processing routines in Matlab as well as using techniques from physics, complex analysis, and machine learning to develop simple models of cellular migration. This project is being performed jointly with the Wong Lab in the BME department. An ability to program in Matlab is required. In addition, a knowledge of some of the following topics is also desirable: image processing, probability theory, statistical physics, and complex analysis.
The second project involves quantifying the morphology of growing yeast colonies. The undergraduate will develop image processing routines to quantify the morphology of yeast biofilms and use the results to construct models of yeast colony growth. We will construct cellular automata models as well as models based on Partial Differential Equations and pattern formation theory. An ability to program in Matlab is required. In addition, a knowledge of some of the following topics is also desirable: probability theory, image processing, statistical physics, and complex analysis.
A third project involves using techniques from Computational NeuroScience to understand phase transitions in physical systems such as the Ising Model. An ability to program and knowledge of Statistical Physics is required. (PY 410). The work will draw on standard techniques in computational physics (PY 421) such as Monte-Carlo simulations. This project is best for a senior physics undergraduates.
Interested undergraduates should send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the current CV and a list of relevant courses taken.