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Kedia, Nikita

Major: 
Bioengineering

What is the RISE area of interest during your first year and why?: 

For my first year of RISE, I will be on two research based project. I am working at an on-campus lab under Dr. Sochol. Here, we are studying the effect of substrate rigidity on cell migration using nano3D printed micropost array. I am using the same nano3D printer for a project at the FDA. For this project I am designing a device that mimics the photoreceptor cells to evaluate a high resolution optical imaging technique.

What is the RISE area of interest during your second year and why?: 

For my second year of RISE, I am planning to continue researching but am also interested in becoming a teaching assistant. I will most likely continue in Dr. Sochol’s lab and will hopefully be able to find a TA position in the BIOE department.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

I am a volunteer at the UMD Help Center, a peer counseling and crises intervention center. I am a part of the MEDLIFE organization. I am also involved in engineering societies such as TBP, BMES, and SWE.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

I am working on a research project at the FDA to develop a phantom, which is a device that mimics human anatomy in order to regulate imaging devices. Using the nanoscribe 3D printer at UMD, I am developing a phantom of the photoreceptor cells in the retina to evaluate a new ophthalmic imaging technology. This has been a really cool experience since I’ve gotten to work with new imaging technologies and use engineering skills to develop the phantom.