September 3, 2011
Many of the members of the Tulane BME Class of 2012 participated in internships across the country during the Summer of 2011. We're featuring four of them.
Kimberly B. Larkin '12, from Mount Airy MD, participated in the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network program at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Her research mentor was Dr. Jason Gardner and she presented her results "Estrogen Upregulates the Expression of Lysyl Oxidase in Rat Cardiac Fibroblasts" in a poster presentation session in Baton Rouge research at the end of July. She's continuing the project as part of her Senior Thesis in Biomedical Engineering.
Nguyen Hoang '12, a New Orleanian, spent the summer at the Texas A&M Biomarker and Imaging REU program coordinated by Dr. Tony Hsieh. He worked under Dr. Nina Robson on a research project regarding the workspace and wrist trajectory of the right arm with elbow failure during a pointing task. The hypothesis was that the workspace of the restricted arm is spherical, with the wrist trajectory located on the spherical surface of the workspace.
Mathew Triscott '12 spent the summer in Boston working at Instrumentation Laboratory, a leading developer of diagnostic instruments for use in critical care. His project was to use a Karl Fischer Coulometric titrator to measure extremely small amounts of water (nanoliters) on small plastic lids with surfaces that were prepared for an immunoassay designed to determine levels of troponin in blood samples. The lids were part of a bigger product that's still in the early stages of development. They are welded onto small cards that can be individually injected with a patient plasma sample and are then inserted into an instrument that uses chromatography to read the signal produced when plasma and conjugate flows over the lids in the card.
Clarice M. Balconi-Lamica '12, from Spicewood TX, worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. She interned with Dr. Alan Pope, a specialist in psycho-physiological research. In addition to designing and testing a prototype instrument for the calibration of a modified Nintendo Wiimote, she was trained to collect and interpret data from human subjects. The subjects were mentally engaged in training their autonomic nervous systems through a novel neuro-biofeedback mechanism. She says, "Before arriving at NASA Langley, I intended to achieve simultaneously a medical degree and doctorate in biomedical engineering. I was undecided about pursuing a master's degree, but my experiences this summer helped me realize my fascination with research and solidified my desire to attend graduate school, possibly in concert with the Graduate Student Research Program."
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