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Design and Control of a Soft Robotic Ankle-Foot Orthosis

For physical therapists working with patients with foot and ankle injuries, it is imperative that they have mechanical help with the rehabilitation process. However, existing solutions are cumbersome and stationary. To combat this problem, researchers are engineering a device using light-weight, flexible soft robotics that a patient would wear over the foot that would aid

Octopus Arm Muscles in Relation to Arm Use for Bioinspired Robotics

The objective is to study the musculature of Octopus arms for use in Bioinspired Robotics.  Previous literature presents the idea of uniform muscle layering. The lab has found this not to be the case as the muscle layers change proximal to distal (base to tip). Correlations between the transverse and longitudinal muscle layers indicate specialized

Cranial Crown: A Pediatric Headset for Transcranial Doppler

Transcranial doppler can be used to detect seizure and stroke during cardiac surgery. There is currently no feasible transcranial doppler headset for use on pediatric patients in the operating room. The Cranial Crown allows for high adjustability in doppler probe placement while reducing the risk of pressure sores. The quick placement and removal of the

Research for development of A Self-Fluctuating Actuator Air Prosthetic Liner with Memory Foam Design for Lower Limb Amputees to Improve Comfort, Stability, and Fluctuation in Prosthetic Sockets:

The research question that is being proposed is whether an air-based device can address volume fluctuation inside a prosthetic socket for lower limb amputees. The main objective will be to find a solution that can improve comfort and reduce volume fluctuation. Amputees continue to face problems of discomfort due to fluctuation of the residual limb

Motorcycle Helmet Blind Spot Monitoring

Motorcycle safety has been improving in recent years with better designed protective gear and the integration of certain vehicle technologies like anti-lock braking systems into motorcycles. But there is still a sizable gap in the safety features found in contemporary cars and those found in motorcycles. The vision of this project is to capitalize on

Investigating the Role of SP5 in WNT Signaling Using an In-Vitro Model of Neural Patterning

This project attempts to better understand how the WNT transcriptional program is affected by β-catenin and SP5 by developing an in vitro model of neural patterning. This signaling pathway uses molecules that mediate cell to cell communication, which controls fundamental embryonic processes and regulates the formation of developmental markers. In the absence of WNT, the

Analysis of Sul-1 and Sul-2 Transporters on Sulfur Uptake and Cellular Growth

The goal of this research is to prove that a certain gene in yeast cells provide code for a transport protein that carries sulfur, a necessary nutrient, into the cell. This was done by taking deficient yeast cells and transforming their genome by inserting the DNA that coded for these transport proteins. The purpose of

Cloning Antibodies to Understand Neurodegenerative Diseases

Neurodegenerative diseases are still widely misunderstood, but are believed to be caused by the production of β-amyloid peptides (Aβ). Single Chain Fragment Variables (scFv) antibodies can be used to eliminate Aβ, but are difficult to work with. These scFv antibodies can be transformed into Fragment Antigen Binding antibodies (Fab), which are more stable thus easier