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Faculty-Student Research

If you are a motivated student interested in gaining biomedical/health research experience, you may apply to become a CQOR student researcher. Peruse below for a list of student research/volunteering opportunities, and contact the respective faculty mentor.

The accepted students will go through rigorous clinical training, parts of which will be online via Canvas. During this training, students will learn about a variety of topics related to health and biomedical research. After completing the clinical training, CQOR students can work in their mentor’s lab acquiring and analyzing data as well as performing further research steps, such as assisting in writing reports and manuscripts, presenting the results at scientific conferences, and seeking both internal and external funding opportunities. For some projects, new students may be required to shadow experienced students for a certain amount of time.

CQOR student are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. There are no specific requirements for majors or courses.

Research Projects

Postural response to visual perturbations in virtual reality
Planned research questions include the effect of stance, different environments and different populations (healthy and special populations)
Dr. David Phillips (phillipsdav@montclair.edu)
Shoulder muscle activation patterns
Research questions on sex differences, timing of activation, physical therapy intervention and signal analysis are planned
Dr. David Phillips (phillipsdav@montclair.edu)
Measuring joint position sense at the shoulder
Experiments investigating how humans reproduce joint angles and how previous muscle contractions may disrupt sensory signals
Dr. David Phillips (phillipsdav@montclair.edu)
Anterior cruciate ligament injury prevention and foam rolling
Graduate student-led research that is ongoing.
Dr. David Phillips (phillipsdav@montclair.edu)
Differences in oxygen and muscle oxygen consumption in weight bearing vs. non-weight bearing exercise in obesity
To work on this project students will need to complete the appropriate CITI training; have a general understanding of indirect calorimetry, exercise testing and prescription, and sub-maximal exercise testing; have the ability to take basic anthropometric measurements; and have basic knowledge of data manipulation within Excel.
Dr. Peter A. Hosick (hosickp@montclair.edu)
Cardiovascular and metabolic response differences between sitting and standing office work
To work on this project students will need to complete the appropriate CITI training, have a general understanding of indirect calorimetry, have the ability to take basic anthropometric measurements and basic knowledge of data manipulation within Excel.
Dr. Peter A. Hosick (hosickp@montclair.edu)
A framework for a nutrition education program for student-athletes: perspectives from New Jersey
To work on this project students will need to complete the appropriate CITI training, have the ability to take basic anthropometric measurements and basic knowledge of data manipulation within Excel.
Dr. Peter A. Hosick (hosickp@montclair.edu)
Blood effects of sodium-induced volume loading: a pilot study
The goal of this project is to establish a saltwater solution, that when consumed, increases blood volume without altering blood sodium concentration. This project is in its third iteration. The two previous attempts have successfully increased blood volume, but have caused an increase in blood sodium concentration as well. In this third iteration we will also examine the affects on blood flow from the heart. This project is looking for subjects and volunteer research assistants. The primary research assistant need is for females, but males are also needed to help out with the echocardiogram portion of the study visits and to perform blood sample analysis. The blood sample analysis tasks can be performed by male or female research assistants. Those performing blood analysis will need biohazard training (free).
Dr. Evan Matthews (matthewse@montclair.edu)
Sodium consumption and exercise pressor reflex effect on blood pressure
This project seeks to determine the impact on blood pressure responsiveness of dietary sodium consumption. This project is looking for subjects and volunteer research assistants, can be men or women, who will assist in the setup/take-down and testing of the blood pressure response during static muscle contraction.
Dr. Evan Matthews (matthewse@montclair.edu)
Discrete dipole approximation (DDA) for 3D microwave image reconstruction
In this project, a discrete dipole approximation algorithm is being developed for reconstruction of 3D microwave images. Students interested in being researcher(s) on this project should have some prior knowledge of electromagnetics as well as programming experience.
Dr. Amir H. Golnabi (golnabia@montclair.edu)
Three-dimensional ultrasonographic evaluation of placental volume
This project focuses on developing a semi-automatic technique for segmentation of 3D ultrasound images of the placenta. Student researcher(s) should have programming experience and be familiar with MATLAB.
Dr. Amir H. Golnabi (golnabia@montclair.edu)

Note: To work on any of these projects, undergrad and graduate students should be interested in the topic and have some time available to work on the project. Background in anatomy, physiology, physics, Microsoft Excel and computer programming would be beneficial but is not required. All students are required to complete CITI training prior to working with human subjects.