Galateia Kazakia, Professor

Open (1) Bone structure and composition: a microCT and microFTIR study

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before September 11th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning August 16th. You must also bring a hard copy of your unofficial CalCentral transcript to the URAP office in 2412 Dwinelle Hall by noon on the application deadline date. You will be given full instructions after submitting the application. The deadline is Tuesday, August 29th at 8 AM.

Our research group focuses on advanced imaging techniques for the study of musculoskeletal structure and function (for details please see: http://www.radiology.ucsf.edu/research/kazakia). For this project, we plan to use two recently developed imaging tools to investigate the structure and composition of bone. State-of-the-art micro computed tomography (microCT) will be used to create three-dimensional high-resolution images of bone structure and density. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microspectroscopy will be used to investigate the composition of bone. Using these methods we will investigate bone quality in a number of diseases and animal models. This clinically relevant research will be performed in close collaboration with UCSF orthopaedic surgeons. A great opportunity for engineering or biology students to gain exposure to both laboratory and medical environments!

Qualifications: Specific duties for the URAP student will include interfacing with surgeons for acquiring specimens, preparation of specimens from surgical and cadaver bones, microCT and FTIR imaging, and analysis of results. All training will be provided. The student must be independently motivated and have extreme attention to detail and documentation. The lab is situated in a new building on the UCSF Mission Bay campus. The campus is BART accessible –work schedule is flexible and can be adjusted to accommodate the commute from Berkeley. This is a great chance to learn about musculoskeletal issues in a clinically important project, while mastering advanced imaging techniques. Ideal for sophomores or juniors since a follow-up summer internship in the lab is possible, as well as continuation to the following school year.

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: UCSF Mission Bay Campus
1700 4th St
San Francisco, CA

Related website: http://www.radiology.ucsf.edu/research/kazakia
Related website: http://mqir.ucsf.edu

Open (2) Investigating bone structure in clinical cohorts: biomedical image processing

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before September 11th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning August 16th. You must also bring a hard copy of your unofficial CalCentral transcript to the URAP office in 2412 Dwinelle Hall by noon on the application deadline date. You will be given full instructions after submitting the application. The deadline is Tuesday, August 29th at 8 AM.

Our research group focuses on advanced imaging techniques for the study of musculoskeletal structure and function (for details please see: http://www.radiology.ucsf.edu/research/kazakia). For this project, we will be performing advanced image processing and analysis on high resolution computed tomography (CT) images of the skeleton. These images are being acquired as part of two ongoing studies - one focused on diabetes and a second on surgical weight loss. Our preliminary data indicate that bone structure is severely affected in both of these cohorts. This clinically relevant research will be performed in close collaboration with UCSF radiologists and clinicians. A great opportunity for engineering or biology students to gain both image processing and clinical experience.

Qualifications: Specific duties for the URAP student will include interfacing with clinicians and researchers to acquire images and manage image databases, performing image processing and analysis, summarizing data, and disseminating study results. All training will be provided. The student must be independent, highly motivated and have extreme attention to detail and documentation. Good knowledge of Matlab is required and background in image analysis preferred. The lab is situated in the UCSF China Basin campus. The campus is BART accessible. Work schedule is flexible and can be adjusted to accommodate the commute from Berkeley. This is a great chance to learn about musculoskeletal issues in a clinically important project, while mastering advanced imaging techniques. Ideal for sophomores or juniors since a follow-up summer internship in the lab is possible, as well as continuation to the following school year.

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: 185 Berry St, Lobby 6, 3rd floor
San Francisco, CA 94107

Related website: http://www.radiology.ucsf.edu/research/kazakia
Related website: http://mqir.ucsf.edu