FPGA-controlled optical tweezers for examining motor proteins and cell mechanics - PHYS 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Adam Hendricks

Supervisor's Email: adam.hendricks [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone: 514.893.2343

Supervisor's Website: hendricks.lab.mcgill.ca

Supervisor's department: Bioengineering

Course number: PHYS 396 (Physics)

Term: Winter 2014-2015

Project start date: Friday, September 4, 2015

Project end date: Monday, December 7, 2015

Project title: FPGA-controlled optical tweezers for examining motor proteins and cell mechanics

Project description (50-100 words suggested): The Hendricks lab is developing next-generation optical tweezers that will enable us to examine the dynamics of motor proteins and the cytoskeleton in living cells. A field-programmable gate array (FPGA) will be used to control an acousto-optic deflector (AOD), allowing us to position the optical tweezers in 2 dimensions with high spatiotemporal resolution, and to form multiple, time-shared optical traps.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): evaluation of laboratory performance (40%), final written report (50%), oral presentation (10%)

Other project information: Dr. Sabrina Leslie (Physics) has agreed to co-supervise this project.

Project status: This project is taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: Biohazardous substances; Handling chemicals; Using lasers.