Cystic Fibrosis sufferers can not breathe easily because their lung mucus becomes infected--usually with a strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria that secrete sticky polymers--and too thick to easily "cough out". An FDA-approved mouth rinse shows promise of safely and effectively thinning such mucus by collapsing the bacterial secretions. This study is designed to examine that prospect in healthy and infected lung sections, primarily by microscopy.
Disciplines: Biomaterials, Oral Diagnostic Sciences
Student Skill-Set Needed: Experience with light microscopy, and a basic understanding of lung architecture.
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:
Faculty Member: Robert E Baier
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Office: 3435 Main Street