2018 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Paul George, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Photo of USRP student Vivek Lam in the laboratory, working with a benchtop device of two separated rings.Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability and death in the world. Stem cell therapeutics have emerged to improve the functional outcomes of stroke patients, but the materials and methods of transplanting these stem cells have yet to be established. By designing novel biomaterials with different mechanical, electrical, and geometrical properties, Vivek hopes to understand the characteristics that influence stem cell phenotypic changes and improve the efficacy of stem cell therapeutics.