Faculty Advisor

Albrecht, Dirk

Faculty Advisor

Ji, Songbai

Abstract

Current computational models for traumatic brain injury are limited by a lack of understanding of the changes in neuronal function following repeated strain, highlighting the need for large datasets characterizing neuronal response to stretch. To provide a platform capable of gathering these datasets, an apparatus to strain embedded neuronal samples and monitor the subsequent neural response optogenetically was developed. The apparatus enables loading and immobilization of live Caenorhabditis elegans specimen, delivers stretch stimulus to the embedded animals, and provides sufficient image resolution to analyze neuronal calcium activity fluorescently both pre- and post-stretch.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

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