Matthew Carnaghi (’16) is a senior majoring in physics and computer science. Matt is working with Dr. Fiser at HPU in the university’s inaugural Summer Research Program in the Sciences (SuRPS). Their project is titled “Using biomimetic cilia arrays to investigate the flow of mucus in the human lung.” Their goal is to use life-sized artificial cilia (high aspect ratio microrods capable of mimicking biological cilia) to investigate cilia-driven transport phenomena experimentally in mucus simulants.
In the photo below, Matt is imaging artificial cilia using a SEM (scanning electron microscope) at JSNN (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering). Matt and the other SuRPS students will present results of their work during the SuRPS Research Symposium on July 16th.