College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-04 21:07:12


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


The motivation behind this project is to design or improve a cheaper gene gun that can help the world. The goal is to design a new low-cost gene delivery system that will allow Dr. Mahajan and University of Akron students conduct new research, with the aim of advancing society in many different fields. A few examples would be improving crops resistances to insects or harsh weather. This could happen by altering their genes to repulse insects or have stronger bases to have better resistance to the wind. In the medical world you could use gene therapy to help fight cancer or other diseases. The approach to this project is research, design and trial and error. The research will mostly be on how the gene delivery system drives DNA into cells using micro needles.

Research Sponsor


First Reader

Dr. Scott Sawyer

Second Reader

Dr. Gopal Nadkarni

Honors Faculty Advisor

Ajay Mahajan

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