Summer Scholars in the Killian Lab

This year, four undergraduate students have received funding to do summer research in the Killian Lab.

Emily Hudson: Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research (INBRE) Summer Scholar, supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS)

  • Emily is a rising UD senior in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) studying Animal Biosciences. Emily’s project focuses on identifying the role of FGF9 in the postnatal brain. She is using genetically modified organisms that include lineage tracing and gene deletion to assess the structural morphology and cell populations of the cerebellum and hippocampus.

Lindsay Erndwein: Dare to BeFIRST! Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU),Center for Biomechanical Engineering Research, supported by the National Science Foundation

  • Lindsay is a rising Penn State University senior in the College of Engineering studying Materials Science and Engineering. Lindsay’s project focuses on identifying collagen fibril alignment and organization of tendons in strained and unstrained environments. She is using second harmonic generation and 2-photon microscopy to quantitatively assess organization and structure of the Achilles tendon and supraspinatus tendon in mice and bats.

Patrick Canning: UD Summer Scholars, supported by the University of Delaware Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning Program

  • Patrick is a rising UD Junior in the College of Engineering studying Biomedical Engineering. Patrick’s project focuses on the embryonic growth of limbs ex vivo. He is using live explant culture of murine limb buds to develop a platform for studying biomolecular and biomechanical cues that drive limb growth.

Julia Paganucci: Dare to BeFIRST! Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Center for Biomechanical Engineering Research, supported by the National Science Foundation

  • Julia is a rising UD Junior in the College of Engineering studying Mechanical Engineering. Julia’s project focuses on designing test fixtures for validation and testing of murine hip joint laxity. She is using 3-D printing, machining, and mechanical testing of soft materials for uniaxial testing of intact, ex vivo hips.