Traumatic Brain Injury
There are no current treatments for TBI, and to find one would help so many people, especially young children. So to me, regenerative bioscience is important because it can help to treat things like traumatic brain injuries, which have no current treatment.
Kathryn Sellman
Muscle Regeneration
Alexandra Flemington
When I came across Dr. Call's research in the use of stem cells in muscle regeneration, I was excited about the opportunity because I want to learn all I can about the topic. I am extremely eager to be a part of a lab that is learning about new ways to...
New Discovery
Scientific research is important because we can use it to gain an understanding of this world, this universe, and how to improve humanity. If there is one thing that I learned this past year, it is that medicine does not have all of the answers, but that it is ever expanding. Regenerative bioscience has opened up a new door for medicine and in the future it could be commonplace to treat patients to whom there was formally no cure.
Cheyenne Lee
Caroline Coleman
Through research, the team is able to revisit past findings, revise current theories and hypothesize new ideas, thus growing science as a whole. The applications of scientific approach are just as important as the intellectual gains: from drug therapies and cancer treatments to developing prosthetics and surgical techniques, scientific research is constantly reshaping the medical world and helping doctors to bring state-of-the-art treatment to their patients.
Mary Kate Mehegan
I became really interested in regenerative medicine when I came across a National Geographic documentary called "How to Build a Beating Heart" in high school. Ever since then I have been fascinated by regenerative medicine and the possibilities in the future of the field. When I came to college, I immediately started looking for research opportunities, but did not have much luck until my second semester, when I got the opportunity to join the Pig Stroke Project team in The West Laboratory. I have been helping out as an undergraduate researcher continuously since then. Getting to help out in the West Laboratory has enabled me to see every facet of large animal stem cell models. I have been able to gain hundreds of hours of experience helping with pre and post-operative care, as well as veterinary treatment of large animal subjects.
Olivia Valente
I have a personal situation that makes me very interested in the field. My grandmother died of a stroke, and therefore I am looking forward to working with Dr. West, in stroke recovery.
Noah Goldstein
Regenerative bioscience has great future potential. From potentially finding a cure to diabetes to regenerating fractured bone, the universality of the field can change the medical field as we know it today.
Maria Gaynier
Regenerative bioscience opens up opportunities to treat diseases that do not have effective treatments available. It uses the organism’s own cells as therapy. This eliminates problems like rejection, as seen when using donor organs, tissue, or cells. Being able to repair injured or diseased tissues with stem cells is huge for the medical community. Regenerative bioscience has the potential to positively impact the health, recovery, longevity, and quality of life of many people.
Maria Gaynier
Regrow Limbs
The ability to regrow what has been lost is an amazing trait that very few animals have. I learned in my human biochemistry class last semester that some species are able to grow new limbs within a matter of days, without any aid. Regenerative bioscience is a field that seeks to utilize what we know about these animals with regenerative abilities and apply them to other animals and humans to improve the quality of life when unforeseen circumstances occur.
Karishma Sriram
Joseph Myers Calpin
...I have had several close friends who have been paralyzed or had brain damage due to a car accident. It would be incredible to be able to help...through regenerative research.
Joette Crews
This class open up many possibilities and actualities that I never knew where possible. It is a truly progressive area of biology with many opportunities that have yet come to light.
Shelley Tau
Scientific research...not only advances our knowledge but also serves as a means to improve our quality of life through the insights that we gain. We are able to live easier and extend our lives...
Mark Atuan
Research; key to finding new discoveries, new treatments and cures...advancements in muscle regeneration could help injured war veterans suffering trauma in battle, regain functionality.
Alzheimer's Disease
Regenerative bioscience has the ability to affect so many facets of our life. Techniques can be used to manipulate not only our health, but our food and other resources as well. On a personal note, my grandmother has Alzheimer's Disease and seeing that there is a group of scientists working on developing methods to ease the effects of this disease is very inspiring and motivates me to be more involved in this field.
Often as children, we are taught no to ask so many questions, however, scientific research not only encourages this, but focuses on the importance for us to constantly ask questions. When we ask questions, we look for answers, and in turn learn more about ourselves and the world around us. In order to expand technologically, medicinally, agriculturally, socially, and industrially, we need to ask these important questions and do the research that hopefully lead to invaluable answers.
Aaron Maslia
Political Aspirations
I have worked in Dr. Lohitash Karumbaiah's lab since January 2014. Prior to beginning in this lab, I attended the weekly RBC lab meetings.
Scientific research leads to progress; progress leads to a better world; therefore, scientific research leads to a better world. As this syllogism suggests, scientific research is necessary to improve society. Without it, we would not know that the Earth is round, that the sun is the source of all life, that stem cells exist.
In 20-30 years, I would like to be working in politics trying to bridge the gap between research and progress and ethics and the public. In general, I think that there is a void of science-educated politicians in the United States, so I would like to help fill this void in later life.
Hannah Mason
Hope for Stroke
In addition to classroom experience, I have also joined the research team that is focusing on the possible use of stem cell therapies in stroke patients. In this research project, I will have the opportunity to see whether stem cells will be able to regenerate useful motor function by performing gait analysis in pigs.
Sonal Dugar
Changing Lives
My grandmother has Alzheimer's disease and I have seen firsthand how devastating the disease can be on a person's quality of life. Cures for diseases such as these through regenerative bioscience research could change the lives of countless individuals and their families for the better.
Sanam Desai
Elizabeth Wilkins
regenerative bioscience...can potentially impact degenerative neurological diseases and on other impairments such as spinal cord injuries.
Natalie Bishop
Fascinated by the endless wonders of science, I aspire to soak in as much knowledge as my brain allows — make discoveries even the most reputable of scientists couldn't dream of.
Kimberly Straub
My goal has always been to be a doctor and I know that hands on research can teach me a lot about the medical field that I am missing in just my studies for class.
Schuyler Bentzel
I'm working/volunteering in multiple types of physical therapy settings, allowing me to use what I'm learning in the lab to see what kind of implications that information may have in a clinical setting.
Neurological Damage
During the second semester of my freshman year of college, I took a CURO gateway seminar which introduced me to a few different lab groups interested in stem cell research. After attending Dr. Stice's discussion of biobots in spring 2014, I became associated with the RBC and found my place in Dr. Karumbaiah's lab. I believe regenerative bioscience will define the next generation of medicine and be critical in aiding patients with neurological damage.
Nicole Bisel
A Turning Point
There was my hand. Floating in the chasm between myself and the man in front of me. I was frozen with embarrassment. I interned at Shepherd Center a week before I met my first patient. Casey, the occupational therapist under whom I worked, arranged the introduction before their therapy session. “Nigel, this is Cali,” she said smiling. “She’ll be observing our training for a while.” “Hi! It’s nice to meet you.” I beamed as I extended my arm. For a moment, I waited patiently for him to return the gesture. And then it hit me. He was paralyzed. He couldn’t move his arms. That’s why he needed therapy in the first place. In the moments that followed, a rush of emotion erupted inside me. I wanted to cry but knew I had to recover quickly. I dropped my arm to my side, pretended to scratch my leg, and mustered a smile. Nigel returned my glance with a look of kindness and a hint of amusement. The moment had passed. Just a few weeks after this unfortunate incident...
Be a Mentor
I would like to attend graduate school which will provide me with the tools I need to achieve my overall goals of helping treat neurodegenerative diseases and becoming a professor at a university to teach and mentor aspiring students.
Piyush Joshi
Without research, we as a society cannot expand and improve. A trend seen throughout history. As new scientific research becomes mainstream, society as a whole moves forward into a new cultural norm. I do not do things in half measures. Once I commit, I give it everything. If I do not know the answer, I will find it and make sure there is valid research to back up said answer. Regenerative bioscience is a growing passion, the more I learn, the more interesting I find it.
Jessica Gladney

Meet our Regenerative Bioscience Center Undergraduates

Above is only a handful of undergraduates in our current program. Slide your mouse over each picture (tap via mobile) to uncover what they have to say.

One of the special benefits of a large research collaboration, such as the Regenerative Bioscience Center (RBC), is the opportunity it provides undergraduates to engage in applied leadership, self-reflection, constructive hypothesizing, and encountering difference in real-world problems and to work under the personal supervision of nationally recognized researchers.

RBC mentors provide guidance in a way that allows their students to learn through independent and unique experiences. "This class opened up many possibilities and actualities that I never knew where possible. It is a truly progressive area of biology with many opportunities that have yet come to light," student Joette Crews.

Engagement, where faculty use active and collaborative learning techniques. "Often as children, we are taught "no" to ask so many questions, however, scientific research not only encourages this, but focuses on the importance for us to constantly ask questions. When we ask questions, we look for answers, and in turn learn more about ourselves and the world around us," student Aaron Maslia.

A program that challenge students academically. "My goal has always been to be a doctor, and I know that hands on research can teach me a lot about the medical field that I am missing in just my studies for class. When I become a doctor, I want to see that the regenerative bioscience field is growing and becoming prevalent in medical success stories, and maybe someday this field will be so important in the patients I am treating," Kimberly Straub.

To be considered for the RBC undergraduate fellows program, students are required to be accepted by RBC faculty and participate in the annual RBC Fellows Symposium held each year at the University of Georgia. You can learn more about the program here.