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Dedeoglu – Neuroscience

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Alpaslan Dedeoglu
Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

We have NIH and VA funded projects to study the potential therapeutics on models of neurodegenerative disorders (such as Alzheimer’s disease and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Our laboratories are designed to perform neurochemical and immunohistochemical assays as well as behavior (memory, learning, motor performance) tests. Our laboratories are located at the JP campus of VA Boston Health Care system. We can accept students who want to learn lab techniques and work on projects and generate data. We can provide projects based on the time commitment of the students.

Kasotakis – Critical Care/Surgery/Pulmonary

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

George Kasotakis
Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

Acute Lung Injury (ALI) and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) represent a spectrum of severe pulmonary disease, which manifest clinically as respiratory failure necessitating prolonged pulmonary support and mechanical ventilation. The syndrome, caused by an exaggerated host immune response, is most commonly triggered by lung infections and afflicts more than 100,000 patients annually worldwide, carrying a mortality as high as 55% in its most severe form.

Similarly, sepsis, an uncontrolled systemic response to infection, afflicts more than 18 million patients every year with mortality in excess of 35%.

Despite advances in critical care, treatment for both ALI/ARDS and sepsis remains supportive and anti-inflammatory therapies have failed to improve clinically relevant outcomes, including survival in human clinical trials. Preliminary studies using rodent models of ALI/ARDS and sepsis have recently demonstrated mitigation of the pulmonary and systemic inflammatory profile pretreated with Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors (HDACI), as well as improved survival. However, the studies published to date have not answered many critical questions that require addressing prior to porting HDACI to clinical use, namely the effect of HDAC inhibition on wound healing and infection control (an inflammatory response is required for wound healing and to combat infection); optimal dosing, frequency and route of administration; effect on pulmonary, liver and immune function; interaction with other comorbid conditions frequently present in patients with sepsis or ALI/ARDS.

The goal of the research is to further elucidate the role of HDACI in the management of ALI/ARDS and sepsis, and pave the way for clinical use, in an attempt to improve clinically relevant outcomes in human subjects and save millions of lives.

Rothman – Public Health/Psychology

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Emily Rothman
Options: Volunteer Basis, Independent Funding Available, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

This research opportunity involves collecting survey data about a sensitive topic–dating violence perpetration–from Boston-area youth. Very good interpersonal skills, patience, and the ability to travel to the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and South Boston using public transportation (or your bicycle) are non-negotiable. The youth you will be meeting are 15-19 years old and are being paid to fill out survey questionnaires. Your job will be to arrange a meeting time and place that is easy for them, travel to them, have them fill out the paper survey, and give them a cash gift card. Then you will return the paper survey to the researcher’s office at Boston University Medical Center (801 Mass Ave) which is on the BU shuttle bus line. Students will have the opportunity to learn about dating violence and about! data collection, and will become certified to participate in human subjects research as a research assistant. This is excellent preliminary experience for anyone who might like full-time work on social and behavioral research projects.

West – Archaeology

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Catherine West
Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding

The Zooarchaeology Lab in the Department of Archaeology invites students to participate in the analysis of archaeological animal bones during the 2014-2015 school year. Under the guidance of Dr. Catherine West, students will work with collections excavated in coastal Alaska and will learn the basics of the animal skeleton, sort archaeological material, and learn to identify animals from the skeletal remains. You do not need to be an archaeology major to participate – just have an interest!

Students may work 3 to 10 hours per week in the Zooarchaeology Lab on a volunteer basis, or you may contact Dr. West directly to discuss the possibility of UROP funding to do individual research projects. The requirements for working in the Zooarchaeology Lab are as follows:

1) The lab will be open most days. We will have regular lab meetings, depending on student schedules.
2) There is a mandatory orientation to the lab at the beginning of each semester.
3) Students are expected to commit in advance to a certain number of hours per week for a full semester.

Please contact Dr. West with any questions!

Lewis – Physical Therapy/Computer Science

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Cara Lewis
Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Work-Study Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

The goal of the Human Adaptation Lab is to further the understanding of motor adaptation and to develop interventions to reduce hip pain. Our research includes studying the way people move to determine if people with hip pain move differently from people without hip pain. People with hip pain may benefit from changing the way they move to reduce the stress on the hip joint. Furthermore, the research focuses on lower extremity biomechanics with the aim to understand the effects of faulty movement and muscle recruitment patterns. The laboratory includes an instrumented force treadmill, a motion capture system, an electromyography system, overground force plates, a robotics control system, pressurized air, and other various equipment.

We are seeking a dynamic student with interest in biomechanics to participate in data collection and data processing. Students with experience in MATLAB, VICON Nexus, or Visual3D are highly encouraged to apply. The expected time commitment is at least 10 hours per week. If interested please contact Maureen at

Stepp – Voice and Speech Science and Technology

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Cara Stepp
Options: Volunteer Basis

We are studying the control of voice in individuals with and without voice disorders, such as muscle tension dysphonia and Parkinson’s disease. We are looking for an outstanding student who is interested in contributing to this effort in two or more of the following ways: programming of real-time interfaces for vocal experiments, interacting with participants to collect production and perception data at BU and/or at Boston Medical Center, processing/analyzing data using MATLAB and/or Excel, and collaborating with lab members to design experiments and disseminate results.Successful applicants will have backgrounds in speech, language, and hearing sciences, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, neuroscience, or computer science.
We require 8 hr / week as a minimum for the fall semester as a volunteer before pursing course credit, UROP, or other paid employment in the future. If you are interested, please email Dr. Cara Stepp ( your current resume, an unofficial transcipt, and the number of hours (and general times) you will be available in the fall semester (8hr/wk is the minimum, but more effort is encouraged). More about Stepp Lab research:

Brooks – Epidemiology/Public Health

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Daniel Brooks
Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding

A team of researchers centered at the BU School of Public Health (BUSPH) has been engaged in an effort to discover the causes of an epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Central America. The epidemic has killed thousands of mainly poor, younger men, many of whom work in the agricultural fields. As part of this effort, we are cooperating with other researchers in Central America and other countries to collect the questionnaires used in different studies with an aim toward identifying the best way to ask questions to elicit accurate information regarding exposure to different substances and conditions. The student would work in a team with a BUSPH student to contact different research groups, obtain questionnaires, organize and categorize the topic areas, and catalog them for easy retrieval for researchers designing questionnaires for their new studies. The student must be fluent or proficient in S! panish. Knowledge of Microsoft Access a plus.

Versace – Neuro-inspired Robotics

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Massimiliano Versace
Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Work-Study Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

The Neuromorphics Lab ( studies biological intelligence with the goal of creating robots that come closer to animals in their ability to perceive, think, and act upon their environment. The lab, funded by several agencies including NASA, NSF, DARPA, and private companies, has projects in the following areas:

- sensory perception
- navigation
- decision making
- human-robot interaction

Applications range from land robots, to flying robots, to self-driving cars.

Kanabar – Management

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Vijay Kanabar
Options: Volunteer Basis, Independent Funding Available, Potential for UROP Funding

Most experiential learning projects require formal project management skills such as proper “project initiation” , “project planning”, and “project organizing”. Also project control skills are important, for example, managing changes in scope or changes in budget and schedule. Goal of this project is to identify a generic set of tools and techniques that a student pursuing experiential research can leverage to successfully launch and execute a project.

Chen – Chemistry

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Xin Chen
Options: Independent Funding, UROP, Work-Study

A couple of research positions are available in the Chen Group in the Department of Chemistry starting in fall 2014. Chen group focuses on using ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy to investigate the structures and properties of soft surfaces and interfaces relevant in both/either biophysics and/or environmental sciences.

All applicants should have a solid background in introductory chemistry and physics, and have received basic training in chemistry laboratory courses (such as CH201, Ch214 or equivalent). The ideal applicant would be willing to commit to one year or more of research. Hours are negotiable, but hours should not be less than eight per week during the school year (to start).

1) Physical chemist/spectroscopist. The major responsibility includes sample preparation/synthesis, spectroscopic measurements (both linear and non-linear spectroscopes), as well as date analysis. Training in organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and quantum physics/chemistry, is a plus.

2) System engineer/spectroscopist: The major responsibility is to design and manufacture a flow cell to be integrated to our ultrafast nonlinear spectroscope, and perform spectroscopic measurements using such a device. Experience in lab software (such as AutoCAD, Matlab, Labview,etc) and/or past experience at BU machine shop ( ) or similar facilities is a plus.

3) Webmaster: In addition to the major responsibility, we also welcome any students who are interested in designing and maintain our group website.

UROP Information

Fall 2014 Applicants will be notified of a decision by September 30th

The 17th Annual UROP Symposium will be held on October 17th, 2014

The UROP Application will be open for Spring 2014 applications in mid to late November

Spring 2014 Funding Applications will be due on December 4th at noon