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Gastric mechanical stimulation set-up




2: Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Supervisor:

Giovanni Traverso

Faculty email:


Apply by:

Jan. 31


Please send you resume/CV to Neil Jia, zixunjia@mit.edu and Dr. Traverso, cgt20@mit.edu

Project Description

The project aims to study the correlation between time-variant intra-gastric stimulation and gastric juice secretion. The sub-project we are seeking a student is to help building an intra-gastric stimulation set-up in swine model, for which we are going to tune of volume of water inside gastric balloon to serve as mechanical stimulation. The sub-project involves designing/fabricating of water pumping, electrical control system and coding control program on Arduino platform using C language. The participate of sub-project aforementioned are strongly preferred/encouraged to join the next phase swine model study. We seek an excellent student who are willing to do interdisciplinary research across medicals, electronics, and mechanics. Work will be conducted in the Traverso Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Student is expected to work closely with a graduate research assistant in the laboratory.


Knowledge of basic fluid mechanics and electronic circuits Experience with Arduino coding (Preferred, but not necessary) Interests in hands-on work in the lab including prototyping using various manufacturing techniques (laser cutting, casting, laminating …) and performing interdisciplinary experiments Knowledge of how to apply design analysis and optimization techniques such as Experimental Testing and Design of Experiments Highly motivated, responsible, creative, critical thinking, and organized