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Undergraduate Research Program

Jude Tunyi

Biochemistry; Chemistry
Mentor: Jim Pfaendtner, Chemical Engineering


Current research project: Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations with PEG-coated Nanoparticles to Study Blood-Brain Barrier Diffusivity and Neuroinflammation



Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
I am currently working in the field of neurological nanoscience with molecular simulations. A primary investigator I work with is developing nanoparticles that can cross the blood-brain barrier and release drug particles to different parts of the brain to fight off brain tumors. I am working on the simulations that have to do with the diffusion of the drug particles using molecular dynamics techniques.

When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
I began research in the summer of my freshman year through a program called Teach Lab where students were taught basic experimental lab techniques like PCR, transformations etc. After that, I became very interested in performing more independent research so I applied to my current lab through the LSAMP program. I interviewed and have been there ever since. I chose to do research so I could be able to take the scientific method out of the class and apply it to real life discovery and science.

What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
I would encourage them to seek out research through URP even if they are not sure what research they are interested in or how to even get started looking. Everyone considering research definitely make use of the resources available to them at URP.