Undergraduate Research Program

Roujia Wang

Bioengineering            Minor: Applied Mathematics
Mentor: Eric J. Seibel, Mechanical Engineering Department

Contact: roujiw@uw.edu

Current research project: Surface Imaging System for Needle Biopsy to Detect its Adequacy and Rapid Cancer Lesion through Milli-fluidic Device



Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
My research mainly focuses on developing new imaging tools for cancer diagnosis based on milli-fluidic technology as well as Microscope with UV surface excitation developed by our collaborator. The designed a milli-fluidic device based imaging system will generate whole surface image of prostate biopsies as a rapid-on-site evaluation of biopsies for adequacy test and cancer lesion detection, targeting at prostate cancer diagnosis, while maintains the integrity of biopsies specimen for further molecular testing. By having this rapid evaluation to biopsy samples, it will minimize the number of biopsies taken from patients and hence reduce complications due to biopsy procurement. This design also have potential to be used for other cancer.

What is the most exciting and/or rewarding aspect of your undergraduate research experience?
The most rewarding aspect of my undergraduate research experience is being selected as Levinson Emerging Scholar for 2016-2017 academic year for my recent research project. This award not only provides me financial support to my education but also offer me additional funding to my project as well as my trip to the academic conference where I will be able present my research work.

What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
I would suggest the students to follow their hearts when choosing the research lab and project and value the opportunity. It will profoundly influence the undergraduate life in UW. Be passionate!