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Student project: Human adipose tissue characterization using Raman Spectroscopy

Research & development - Wageningen | More than two weeks ago

The goal of this project is to build and test a Raman set-up for the characterization of adipose tissue.

Student project: Human adipose tissue characterization using Raman Spectroscopy

In this project, we want to study the feasibility of using Raman Spectroscopy to characterize adipose tissue of humans. Raman Spectroscopy is a spectroscopic technique that is based on an inelastic scattering process; when incident light (usually a laser) excites molecules in a tissue, these molecules will reflect light in a different wavelength. The reflected light’s wavelength is characteristic for the measured sample and can be used to differentiate different chemical structures with high sensitivity. Raman spectroscopy has the advantage of being non-destructive and requires non or minimal sample preparation.

This project consists of two parts. First, an experimental Raman set-up that is most suitable for the characterization of adipose tissue will be built and tested. This will be based on already existing systems and a thorough literature review. Experiments on different fat mixtures, data analysis strategy are part of the project.

What you will do

  • Research the most suitable Raman set-up and make an experimental plan.
  • Build and test the experimental Raman set-up.
  • Show the feasibility of Raman Spectroscopy to discriminate different fat compositions using fat samples and phantoms.
  • Develop a data analysis strategy.

What we do for you

We offer a challenging and international environment at the forefront of technology. OnePlanet is a new collaboration of 3 renowned and globally respected research institutes/universities: Wageningen University & Research, Radboud University, Radboudumc, and imec. By joining the OnePlanet team, you will be part of a team of world changers, disruptive innovators, and practical thinkers. Here, your ideas will have an impact on our future lives. 

Who you are

  • You are a Msc student in Physics, Optics, Chemistry, or similar field.
  • You are available for a (minimal) period of 6 months.
  • You have a strong interest in optical spectroscopy.
  • You have a strong interest in data analysis.
  • Knowledge of Raman Spectroscopy is a plus.
  • An interest in biomedical research is a plus.
  • Entitled to do an internship in the Netherlands.
  • Motivated student eager to work independently and expand knowledge in the field.
  • Good written and verbal English skills.


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