HRP SU21-18: Research Opportunity with Dr. Changchun Liu

Project Mentor

Dr. Changchun Liu
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Description

Project Description Molecular diagnostics plays a critical role in rapid detection and identification of infectious diseases (e.g., COVID-19) (Ding, X. et al., Nature Communications, 2020, 11, 4711). In this summer project, we will develop microfluidics technology for nucleic acid detection. The microfluidic device will be fabricated by using 3D printing technology. Please find more detail on our current research through the website:
Project Direction This summer research will focus on developing microfluidics technology and novel nucleic acid detection method. On the one hand, we can develop simple nucleic acid testing method for disease diagnostics. One the other hand, we can design and fabricate a portable microfluidic system for point of care diagnostics of infectious diseases.
Mentorship and Supervision The summer students will first work with me and our lab members (e.g., postdoc researchers, PhD students) to learn how to develop microfluidic device and nucleic acid testing technology. When they are familiar with these technologies, they will be encouraged to independently design and fabricate their microfluidic device by 3D printing technology. Then, my lab members will assist them to test their developed device. The summer students will be invited to join our weekly lab meeting to discuss their experimental progress. Students are expected to analyze the experimental data and present their findings.
Student Qualifications Previous experience in microfluidics technology is not required, but the demonstrated experience in one of the following fields is desired: 3D printing, molecular biology, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), analytical chemistry, and mechanical design (e.g., Solidworks).
Summer Schedule Options Research Dates: May 24 to July 30, 2021
Schedule: M-F, 9am-5pm
Project Continuation Fall 2021, Spring 2022
Academic Year Time Commitment 3-6 hours/week
Possible Thesis Project Yes


Submit an online application for this research opportunity at The application deadline is Monday, February 1, 2021.

This application requires a cover letter, a resume or CV, an unofficial transcript, and a brief statement of research interests.