MSU Senior Receives American Society of Cell Biology Travel Award
Congratulations to Mr. Usienemfon Adia-Nimuwa (“Usi”) from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who received a highly competitive international Travel Award to participate in the American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB|EMBO) 2018 Meeting from December 8th-12th, in San Diego, CA! Usi presented his poster Quantitative Investigation of Biomaterials-Based Impact on Glia and Neuron Reactivity twice, once during the main conference and again in the special Undergraduate poster competition.
Usi, a member of the MSU Honors College, graduated in December 2018 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering-Biomedical Engineering Concentration. He performs research in novel biomaterials-based scarring mitigation strategies that offer new options for treatment of penetrating traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries beyond the costly rehab option in Dr. Virginia Ayres’ lab (ECE), with national and international collaboration. Recent research also investigates the link between traumatic brain injury and development of early onset Alzheimer’s disease in a collaborative effort with the Kuo lab in MSU Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
He plans to continue studies in this area, “I intend to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering focusing on its consilience with Electrical Engineering. I am especially interested in Neural Engineering using Photonics/Optics, and have recently employed super resolution imaging at the Michigan State University Center for Advanced Microscopy to investigate the p-tau proteins, which are at the heart of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.”