Two University of Tulsa students attended Research Day at the Capitol March 27 in Oklahoma City. Electrical engineering junior Wesley Liao and biochemistry/Spanish junior Camden Schinnerer represented TU among 25 of the state’s top undergraduate student researchers from 19 colleges and universities.
Schinnerer is a Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) and a Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program participant under the mentorship of Gabriel LeBlanc, Wellspring Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Schinnerer’s research investigates the use of electrochemistry to model the degradation of neuromelanin in the brain as seen in patients with Parkinsonism Diseases.
“Current therapeutic drug testing techniques take months of time and significant amounts of money,” he said. “The electrochemical model I have developed will allow rapid therapeutic drug testing, reducing test times from months to days.”
Liao’s research examines how the Jamshidi needle insertion technique of bone marrow biopsies affects procedure difficulty. He uses a custom configurable needle interface that allows tests of a larger range of oscillation angles and speeds with a standard Jamshidi needle in a typical insertion configuration. The goal of the experiment is to provide insight on how procedure technique can be improved for clinicians and patients. Liao’s adviser is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Joshua Schultz.
Research Day is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and the National Science Foundation.