Ready, Set, …. Hmmm… Where’s The Action?

Now that the majority of my independent research is complete, it is time to write the module (lesson plan) and record the video segments.  Each member of the team agreed to record some of the segments, but where are they?

Our Research Experience for Teachers Research Experience for Undergraduates and Youth Scholars team at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Our Research Experience for Teachers Research Experience for Undergraduates and Youth Scholars team at NC State College of Engineering

Yesterday our team took a tour of the biotechnology and nanotechnology lab at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Med School (UNC) and North Carolina State University College of Engineering.  It was a good tour to see what other researchers are doing and compare to what is happening in our lab.

UNC research is going in a similar direction as NC A&T.  Both are trying to make nanoparticles to target deliver medications to specific types of cells.  One researcher at UNC is trying to create the nanoparticles with specific markers on the outside of the shell that will only pass through the cell membrane of cancer cells.  That way, medications will kill only cancer cells and leave healthy cells alone.

The trick both labs are facing: creating consistent size particles that will hold the medication.  Once that breakthrough happens, a new revolution in medicine is at hand.

At North Carolina State
At University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

NC State has their research focused more on the biomechanics.  Engineering things on a nanometer scale to work within and with the body.  One biomechanics lab is working on human-bionic interfaces.  There has been some breakthrough with direct motor contact with prosthesis.  The challenge is the way surgeons do amputations.  Every surgeon does the terminal muscles and the terminal nerves differently. This makes making human-bionic interfaces impossible to standardize.

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If you’ve ever seen the commercials of the ‘dancing robots’ putting cars together, NC State has one! They program it to make repeated motions for human joints.

Back to our lab.  I’ve got to get the rest of the video segments recorded.  However, just like when you flip on a switch, the night crawling critters scatter, everyone in the lab has done the same.  Did the antics from Monday’s auto caption scare them off?

Oh, wait…. I hear them coming… I’ll turn off the lights and wait for them…….

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