Aditi and SmartSoil Team Win Spring 2019 Capstone Design Expo 300

Aditi and SmartSoil Team Win Spring 2019 Capstone Design Expo

Aditi and SmartSoil Team Win Spring 2019 Capstone Design Expo

Out of 236 teams from 11 different schools, this year’s best overall project award was awarded to Adid Kumar and the SmartSoil team! The team developed an indoor and user-friendly composting device that uses worms to naturally create nuitrient rich compost (called vermicomposting). The team used old food waste to feed the worms and create usable compost in just two weeks; producing 50x high-quality fertilizer per year when compared with its closest competitor. Learn more about the 2019 Spring Capstone projects at https://www.me.gatech.edu/2019_Spring_Capstone.

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Retinal Pigment Epithelium Electrophysiology

Recent advancements with induced pluripotent stem cell-derived (iPSC) retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) have made disease modeling and cell therapy for macular degeneration feasible. However, current techniques for RPE electrophysiology – used to validate epithelial function – are painstaking and require a highly trained user; limiting experimental throughput. We are developing new techniques and devices that to enable both high-throughput and high-quality electrophysiological measurements. Our lab has built a robot that automates intracellular electrophysiology of epithelia that automates the pipette insertion process and, simultaneously improves throughput.