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Undergraduate Students

GEMSEC is always looking for reliable, motivated students. If selected, you will work on a research project while supervised and guided by a graduate mentor. Students of all majors will be considered. Drive, commitment, and inquisitiveness are highly valued. In the past, GEMSEC has recruited from the life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering departments. We believe that innovation starts from a poly-disciplinary approach.  

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UG Research Projects 2016-2018
REU, Summer Research, Year-Long Internships, Freshman-Senior Projects (incl. 399/497/499)

  1. Peptide-Enabled Remineralization Strategies in Dental Health Care (this work is carried out in collaboration with Dental School Clinicians) incl. 3D Printing. 

    • White Spot Lesions 

    • Hypersensitivity

    • All biological filler composites (peptide-hydrigels+nanomineral+enzymes) 

    • Osseointegration of Ti Implants 

    • Anticolonization of Bacteria – Biofilm formation 

  2. GEPIsomes - Multifunctional nanoparticles for disease diagnostics and therapeutics 

    • Peptide-enabled nanoparticles formation – biomaterialization 

    • Biofunctionalization using peptide-enabled probes. 

    • Cell-Culture studies 

  3. Graphene FET-based Bionanosensors 

    • gFET Cancer Bionanosensors 

    • Virus Detectors 

    • Biomolecular Fuel Cells 

    • All Biological Photovoltaic Cells – Biogenic Photosynthesis Systems (BPS) 

    • Electro-optic devices (complex architectures) 

    • Biomimetic Photonic Crystals 

  4. Mechanism of Bio/Nano Interfaces – Towards robust Nanotechnology & Nanomedicine (Experimental & Computational)  

    • Experimental (effects of pH, Buffer and bias) 

    • Computational Physics/Biology 

  5. Foundations of Novel Genetically-Engineered Future nanoBio-Devices-Tailoring Molecular Assembly on Atomic Surfaces (towards Gen Engineered Materials, GEMs, futuristic technologies) 

    • Controlling the intra- and inter-molecular forces 

    • Mixed biomolecular assemblies and nanoinorganic co-assemblies 

    • Biogenic Neural Networks 

    • Bioelectronics & Biophotonics 

  6. Computational Biology/Physics & Chemistry + Bioinformatics 

    • Solid-binding peptide selection using combinatorial mutagenesis; 

    • Biomolecular adsorption (kinetics and thermodynamics) using SPR and QCM (Surface Plasmon resonance Spectroscopy and Quartz Crystal Microbalance) 

    • Solid binding peptide Similarity Matrices via Bioinformatics – The key Informatics 

  7. Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Engineering, Technology & Medicine

    • Relational database design​ for Big Data analytics at the interface of biology and materials science

    • Parameterization of molecular recognition

    • QSAR/QSPR/QTMS datasets and design through regression

    • Hashing, fingerprinting, conformal-mapping for backward prediction 

    • Unsupervised and semi-supervised learning for novel AI

    • Wavelet analysis of multidimensional data for STEM applications

  8. Classical Biomimetics – Structural lessons from biology, from pre-history to the present 

    • Phytoliths (200-300mY) silica nanoparticles 

    • Mother-of-Pearl over – the last 500 mYrs 

    • Structural Lessons from Dinosaur Bones 

    • From sharks’ teeth to sharks’ skins 

    • Bionanophotonics: From biomimetic fluorescence to photonic crystals., 

    • Book projects !?!?


Undergraduate students who join will proceed into the GEMSEC Innovation Lab (iLAB) pipeline. This unique training program will prepare students by granting them skills and knowledge in several areas: 

  • Basic research in Molecular Biomimetics 

  • Innovation and commercialization 

  • Intellectual property procedures and impacting the market

Four Categories of Progress (Undergraduate Students) 

  1. NOVICE: A research apprentice at the start of their training, helping in various tasks, and getting familiar with the lab, facilities, and procedures. 

  2. INTERMEDIATE: An independent student proficient in a lab technique and is working on a specific research project.

  3. ADVANCED: An accomplished student who has co-authored at least one published paper from our lab and/or is a co-author on a Record of Innovation (ROI).

  4. PROFESSIONAL LEVEL: Student has achieved Advanced progress, but also holds a patent or is in the process of launching a startup. Alternatively, student has taken classes relevant to technology commercialization from the UW Foster School of Business, or has successfully applied for and received an Amazon Catalyst grant. 

Research Focus Areas

  • Biology

    • Peptide selection, design, and synthesis

    • In vitro cell culture models

    • In vivo animal models

    • Clinical or translational research

  • Materials Science & Engineering

    • Nanoparticle synthesis 

    • Biomineralization 

    • Characterization (SPR, QCM, AFM, LOM/FM, SEM, TEM, XRD, NanoMechanical, Ultramicrotome)

    • Single-layer atomic materials (SLAMs)

    • Device manufacturing (e.g., FET), EC, Deposition, etc. 

  • Computational 

    • Modeling (Hyperchem, Rosetta, Desmond,  Similarity Matrix, Bioinformatics, etc.)


If you are interested in pursuing these opportunities please send us a message. We will follow-up with you shortly. 

Graduate Students

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Post-doctoral Researchers and Fellows

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Visiting Scientists
Visiting Scientist

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Summer or Year-Round Interns

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