Systems Biology and Bioengineering Undergraduate Research Experience

A generous gift from Gideon Searle, a Vanderbilt alumnus, has made available a distinctive opportunity to explore science at one of its most promising and exciting frontiers - the intersection of systems biology and bioengineering!


The gift was made to support research in the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE), directed by Professor John Wikswo, with the aim of providing undergraduate students with mentored experiences in advanced scientific investigation with some of the University's leading research and teaching faculty. The program is directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering Kevin Seale, who also leads a group of students using microfabricated nanophysiometers to study various cell populations including cells of the immune system and Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.

“It’s great preparation for graduate school where you spend several years working toward one goal.”
                                                --Brittany Rohrman BA’09



“SyBBURE gave me a broad, deep exposure to several research areas. That’s uncommon for undergraduate research”
                                                --Arunan Skandarajah, BE, MS’09



“Members of SyBBURE come from different science and engineering fields, so everyone brings unique insights to discussions. I was exposed to ideas that I otherwise would not have been if I had worked just in a physics group.”
                                                --Patrick Diggins BA’10



“It is rare to have such an opportunity during the undergraduate years, and I liked working as a team that capitalized on each person's training, skills, and insight."
                                                --Laurel Black, BA’10


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The SyBBURE Searle Undergraduate Research Program
6809 Stevenson Center | VU Station B 351807 | Nashville, TN 37235-1807
Phone: (615) 343-4124 | Fax: (615) 322-4977 | e-mail: SyBBURE.ORG@gmail.com