Undergraduate Research in Soft Biomimetic Materials - Materials Science and Engineering

The Biomolecular Engineering Lab is looking for undergraduate researchers to participate in a new project funded by the National Science Foundation. The project involves the development of peptide-based liquid droplets to mimic intracellular structures that catalyze chemical reactions. The undergraduates will learn peptide synthesis, spectroscopic methods, imaging, and general wet lab techniques. The students will be directly supervised by graduate students or technicians and expected to participate in group meetings. Once trained in the different techniques in the lab, it is possible to transition to an independent project depending on the students time commitment.

Project Dates

Start Date: 1/18/2022 - End Date: 1/1/2024

Students Needed

Type of Project


Student Responsibilities

Be trained in lab safety. Help synthesize peptide molecules and characterize proper synthesis. Help characterize peptide based liquid droplets and encapsulation of enzymes. Learn lab instrumentation. Read literature in the field. Keep proper lab notebook.

Time Commitment

10 hour(s)

Student Requirements

Background in chemistry or materials science preferred, but not required. Looking for a motivated student(s) that is willing to learn exciting new science at the intersection of biomaterials, polymer science, and catalysis. Time commitment is 10 hours per week minimum, but could be more. Ideally, the student can spend at least a few hours at a time in the laboratory.

Interested in Working With the Following Programs

For EXCEL URE Students Only
Honors Undergraduate Thesis
Independent Research Credit (4912)
McNair Scholars
Research and Mentoring Program
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Additional Notes

Position Overview

  • Date Posted: 01-21-2022
  • Research Categories:
    • Engineering
    • Life Sciences
    • Physical Sciences
  • Location:
    • Lake Nona
  • Paid: Yes