Discipline: Biological Sciences
Subcategory: STEM Research
Alamelu Sundaresan - Texas Southern University
Co-Author(s): Vivek Mann, Courtney Williams, Gabriella Tavera, Mark Harvey, Reine Yandouma, John Sapp, Sheku Turay, Azime Saydam, Nabras Abdelrahman and Maitreyi Chaganti; Texas Southern University
In the summer of 2019 we emphasized summer research internships for the mentors. Interns were exposed to primarily Biology based research projects with inbuilt STEM curriculum use i.e., using mathematical, physics and chemistry in a biological system to understand the effects of different paradigms on living human cells, and how they would change in their activity to protect themselves by changing their shape and function depending on their exposures. The projects incorporated Math, Physics and Chemistry in them via fluorescence microscopy and gene expression data experiments. We experimented with exposure of bone,brain and immune cells to sources of environmental toxins and analog micro gravity to study effects and relationships via simple linear mathematical modeling. This enabled students to explore concepts in injury to cells (also be able to extrapolate to the whole organism) but also to explore the uses of using Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in Biology based STEM projects. This allowed for cross training of the mentors and also gain understanding that a Biological system heavily involves the principles of Math, Physics and Chemistry in order to exist.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): Grant from Amino Up Chemical (PI-Dr. Alamelu Sundaresan), NSF TIP 1719318 (PI-Dr. Alamelu Sundaresan)
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,
NSF Affiliation: HBCU-UP