Current Research Opportunities

Research positions are regularly posted as submitted by faculty

How to Apply?

Columbia students must apply directly to principal investigator listed on research opportunity, with cover email and resume, unless otherwise indicated by the posting.

Amazon SURE: Currently, this program is for students outside Columbia only. For more information please visit the Amazon SURE website.

Non-Columbia Students, to learn about opportunities available, we recommend reading faculty web pages, CVs, abstracts, lab group pages, etc. Once you determine a specific research area or project you can make an initial introduction to a faculty member via email. You can begin your search for a faculty member's profile by clicking here.

Opportunities for research are at the faculty member's discretion.

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Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Sharon Di | Reinforcement learning for vehicle routing  | Waymo & Lyft Driverless Car Data Analysis and Driving Modeling

Computer Science      

Henning Schulzrinne  |  SenSQL: A global Internet of Things system  |  Internet of Things - programming, privacy and permissions

Earth and Environmental Engineering

Ponisseril Somasundaran  |  Personal and Healthcare

Electrical Engineering

Ioannis Kymissis  |  Contact sensor for blood flow monitoring

Mechanical Engineering

Gerard Ateshian  |  Temperature measurements across phase transformation boundary of liquid-vapor water

Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics

Katayun Barmak | Image Processing of Transmission Electron Micrographs (filled)

Kyle Mandli | Storm Surge Validation (filled)


Biomedical Engineering         

Nadeen Chahine | Cellular biomechanical phenotyping of degenerate human disc cells (filled)

Tal Danino | Engineering bacteria for cancer therapy (filled)

Henry Hess | Molecular-scale breaking due to repeated loading in molecular shuttles (filled)

Chi-Min Ho | Exploring the molecular mechanisms underlying host-pathogen interactions of Malaria parasites using cryoelectron microscopy (cryoEM) (filled)

Clark Hung | Collagen wrap for ACL repair and prevention of Post-traumatic OA (filled)

Elisa E. Konofagou, PhD | Signal and Image Processing for Focused-Ultrasound Experiments (filled)

Helen Lu | Novel Biomaterial design and testing (filled)

Jose McFaline-Figueroa | Single-cell chemical transcriptomics (filled)

Barclay Morrison | Traumatic Brain Injury in Automobile Accidents – Determining Mechanical and Chemical Properties of Brain (filled) |  Effects of repetitive mild blast-induced traumatic brain injury on hippocampal networks (filled)

Nandan Nerurkar | Summer Internship: Mechanics of Morphogenesis (filled)

Sam Sia | Mobile app for disease tracking (filled) Drug release hydrogels to improve wound healing (filled)

Qi Wang | Neural mechanisms underlying perceptual decision making (filled) Neural stimulation to modulate cognitive functions (filled)


Chemical Engineering      

Daniel Esposito | Membraneless electrolyzers for renewable fuels and chemicals (filled)Membrane Coated Electrocatalysts (filled) Synthesis and characterization of encapsulated (photo)electrocatalyst materials (filled)Technoeconomic analysis of electrolysis technologies (filled)

Allie Obermeyer | Engineering protein interactions with (bio)polymers (filled)

Chris Boyce | Bubble Dynamics in Complex Fluid (filled) | Structured Bubbling in Fluidized Beds

Mijo Simunovic | Quantitative stem cell-based platforms for studying basic principles of human organ development (filled)


Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Adrian Brügger | Data Science and Predicting Material Performance in Additive Manufacturing (Carleton Lab) (filled)Multiscale and Multi-Hazard Investigation of Fire on Suspension Bridges (filled)

Sharon Di | Reinforcement learning for vehicle routing (filled)


Computer Science      

Shih-Fu Chang | Machine learning and understanding of video, language, and multimodal content (filled)

David Knowles | Unravelling the genetic basis of neurological disorders with machine learning (filled)

Henning Schulzrinne | SenSQL: A global Internet of Things system (filled)

Brian A. Smith | Blind-accessible (filled)

Carl Vondrick | Self-supervised Representation Learning (filled)


Earth and Environmental Engineering          

Robert Farrauto | Dual functional Materials for CO2 capture and catalytic conversion (filled)

D R Nagaraj, R S Farinato, Irina Chernyshova | Novel, cleaner processes for extraction of Critical Metals and/or Removal of Hazardous Elements from Industrial Wastes (filled)

Bolun Xu | Electricity market analysis using implicit learning models (filled)

Ngai Yip Yip | Characterization of the temperature dependence of hydro-philicity/phobicity of thermoresponsive solvents for hypersaline desalination (filled)


Electrical Engineering

James Anderson | Distributed Control meets Machine Learning (filled)

Keren Bergman | Photonic Systems (filled)

Christine Hendon | Biomedical Optics and Image Processing (filled)

Xiaofan Jiang | Fever Screening (filled)

Zoran Kostic | COSMOS Smart Intersections, Cloud-Connected Vehicles - Applications of Deep Learning (filled)AI on the EDGE - Deep Learning with Low-Power GPU and IoT Devices (filled) Using speech and language to identify patients at risk for hospitalizations and emergency department visits in homecare (filled)

Gil Zussman | Edge/cloud Video Analytics (filled) | mmWave Wireless Channel Measurements in the COSMOS testbed (filled) | Streaming video analysis and optimization during Work-from-Home period (filled) | Weather Effects on High Frequency Communication Links (filled)


Mechanical Engineering        

Michael Burke | Data analytics, automation, and multi-scale/multi-physics modeling of complex reacting systems (filled)

Karen Kasza | Biomechanics of Force Generation during Tissue Morphogenesis (filled)

Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics

Amir Sagiv | Insulation In Driven Crystals (filled) | Earth Mover's Distance and Kernel Statistics (filled)

Katayun Barmak | Grain Growth in Metallic Films: Analysis of Ex situ and In Situ Experimental Results (filled)

Simon J. L. Billinge | Spring 2020 Local atomic structure of nanomaterials from advanced x-ray neutron and electron diffraction data (filled)  | Summer 2020 Local atomic structure of nanomaterials from advanced x-ray neutron and electron diffraction data (filled)

Siu-Wai Chan | Stress in nano-scale (filled) | Heat Capacity of nano-crystals (filled) | Chan Research Group (filled)

Kyle Mandli | Accelerating the Calculation of Risk of Coastal Flooding due to Hurricanes (filled)


Biomedical Engineering

Elham Azizi | Deep Learning for Cell Segmentation in Multiplexed Tissue Imaging (filled)

Nadeen Chahine, PhD | Degeneration and Regeneration of the Intervertebral Disc (filled) | The role of cell contractility in looping morphogenesis of the small intestine (filled)

Clark Hung | Lab Research in the Hung Lab (filled)

Joshua Jacobs | Representation of directions in the human brain (filled)

Andrew Laine | Unsupervised Machine Learning to discover new COPD subtypes (filled)

Barclay Morrison | Neurotrauma and Repair Laboratory (filled)

Samuel Sia | Mobile App for Disease Tracking (filled) | Wearable Device For Health Monitoring (filled) | Drug release hydrogels to improve wound healing (filled) | Microfluidic device for improving cancer immunotherapy (filled)

Qi Wang | Simulation and characterization of neural stimulation (filled)


Chemical Engineering

Allie Obermeyer | Methods for the intracellular delivery of gene editing tools (filled) | Engineering synthetic organelles using protein phase separation (filled) | Development of bio-orthogonal synthetic organelles via engineered protein phase separation (filled)

B. O’Shaughnessy and M. Simunovic | Future-proof strategies in preventing SARS-CoV-2 virus entry (filled)

Chris Boyce | Multiphase Granular Flows (filled) | Zippering Motion in Gas Jets in Liquid (filled)

Daniel Esposito | High speed video analysis of membraneless electrolyzers (filled) | Membrane Coated Electrocatalysts (filled) | In situ imaging of photocatalysts (filled) | 3D printed membraneless electrolyzers for CO2 conversion (filled) | Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (filled)

Lauren Marbella | Structure and dynamics in lead halide perovskites (filled)

V. Faye McNeill | Data Science to Close the Air Pollution Data Gap (filled)

Mijo Simunovic | Using stem cells to build quantitative platforms for studying human implantation and early pregnancy failure (filled)

Dan Steingart | Battery Design and Analysis (filled)

Alexander Urban | Predicting battery recycling processes (filled) | Machine-learning thermodynamics (filled)


Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Marco Giometto | An Urban Tree Database for High-Fidelity Airflow Simulations (filled) | Development of a Feature-Extraction Tool for Turbulence in Hurricanes (filled)

Shiho Kawashima | Tailoring the rheology of 3-D printed concretes  (filled)

WaiChing Sun | Modeling thawing settlement of soil under changing climate (filled)

Huiming Yin | Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (filled)


Computer Science

Shih-Fu Chang | COVID-19 Symptom Tracking App on Android (filled)

Luis Gravano | Adaptive Information Extraction from Social Media for Actionable Inferences in Public Health (filled)

David Knowles | Predicting cell-type specific RNA splicing from gene sequence using deep learning (filled)

Prof. Brian A. Smith | Audio Navigation Systems for People Who Are Blind (filled)

Shuran Song | | Mult-Arms Motion Planning (filled) | Multi-agent collaborative learning (filled)

Carl Vondrick | Grounding Language in Vision and Interaction (filled) | Columbia Computer Vision Lab (filled)


Earth and Environmental Engineering

Robert J. Farrauto | Dual Function Materials (DFM) for CO2 mitigation (filled) | Catalytic dry reforming of green hous gases (filled) | Dual Functional Materials for CO2 capture and conversion (filled)

Bolun Xu | Data-driven analysis (filled) | Electric Bus Energy Analysis in New York City (filled)

Ngai Yin Yip | Resource Recovery of N and P Nutrients from Diverted Urine (filled)


Electrical Engineering

James Teherani | Hall-effect measurement (filled)

Ethan Katz-Bassett | The Internet under widespread shelter-in-place: Resilience, response, and lessons for the future (filled) | Understanding and optimizing Internet video delivery with self-driving networks (filled)

Mechanical Engineering

Michael Burke | Data analytics, automation, and multi-scale/multi-physics modeling (filled)

Matei Ciocarlie | Robotic Manipulation and Mobility Lab (filled)

Karen Kasza | Biomechanics of Force Generation during Tissue Morphogenesis (filled) | Kasza Research Group (filled)

Kristin Myers | Undergraduate Researcher (filled)

Vijay Vedula | Computational modeling of heart valves in health and disease (filled)

Sinisa Vukelic | Femtosecond laser based modification of collagenous tissues (filled)



Chemical Engineering

Dan Steingart | Battery Design & Analysis (new)

Civil Engineering

Shiho Kawashima | Sustainable construction materials with integrated upcycling of waste materials and carbon sequestration |  Mechanical characterization of 3D printed concrete (new for Fall 2020)

Sharon Di | Waymo & Lyft Driverless Car Data Analysis and Driving Modeling (new for Fall 2020)

Computer Science

Steve Feiner | FastBall | CURVE (Collaborative URban Visualization Environment)

Luis Gravano | Adaptive Information Extraction from Social Media for Actionable Inferences in Public Health (new for Fall 2020)

Vishal Misra | Analyzing COVID-19 data using the Synthetic Control methodology

Henning Schulzrinne | Privacy for the Internet of ThingsSpeech intelligibility for First RespondersCOVID-19 on the internet: traffic and stay-at-home orders (new for Fall 2020)

Shuran Song | Active scene understanding 

Earth and Environmental Engineering

Pierre Gentine | Gaussian Processes to emulate climate models (new)

Dan Steingart | Battery Design & Analysis (new)

Electrical Engineering

Zoran Kostic | COSMOS Smart Intersections, Cloud-Connected Vehicles - Applications of Deep Learning | Peripheral Edema Phenotyping Using Artificial Intelligence

Ken Shepard | Summer 2020 Research Positions in the Bioelectronic Systems Laboratory

Keren Bergman | Research Positions in Lightwave Research Laboratory (new for Fall 2020)

Gil Zussman | High Quality Video Streaming over Wireless 

Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Ali Hirsa | Climate risk and NLP | The VIX, its market microstructure and market manipulation | Deep Reinforcement learning and Trading | ML-based Credit Scoring Models | Network Modelling of Financial Systems and their Liquidity

Jay Sethuraman | Revenue Maximization in Platforms

  • Undergraduate Researcher
  • Tropical cyclogenesis and extratropical transition
  • Visualizing Flooding Zones Using Augmented Reality
  • Targeted de-epithelialization as a novel therapeutic strategy for lung repair in ARDS.
  • Investigating the immunological mechanisms that cause heart failure in lupus patients using 3D cardiac tissues.
  • Brain Computer Interfaces developed for Virtual Reality
  • Multimodal Brain Computer Interface for Human-Robot Interaction
  • Reconfigurable network topology design using algorithmic relaxation
  • AIM Testing
  • Speech separation with deep neural networks
  • Crosslayer Design and Modeling of Silicon Photonic Interconnects
  • Microneedles for delivery of therapeutics into the cochlea
  • Production of CO2 negative concrete from seawater-derived raw materials
  • Technologies for contacting electric fish
  • Primary cilia regulation of intercellular cytoskeletal dynamics
  • Effects of network disruption within the hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons due to blast induced traumatic brain injury
  • Characterizing the mechanism of T cell exhaustion in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Concussion Analysis
  • Targeting protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) activity to mitigate electrophysiological deficits due to blast-induced traumatic brain injury
  • Engineering Bacterial Pattern Formation
  • Cement from Seawater
  • High speed video analysis of membraneless electrolyzers
  • Membrane Coated Electrocatalysts
  • Photoelectrochemical cells
  • T cell expansion
  • Selective Coacervation of Proteins in Complex Mixtures
  • Catalytic oxidation of hydrocarbons for pollution abatement 
  • Chemical Biology Tools for Protein Structure by Solid State NMR
  • Controlled-Atmospheric Probing of 2D Materials
  • Design and Control of Batteries for Grid Applications
  • Encapsulation of CO2 capture materials
  • Financial Networks Analysis and Policy Implications
  • Investigating the Mechanobiology of Organ Formation in the Developing Embryo
  • Isothermal Membrane Distillation for Ammonia Recovery from Source-Separated Urine
  • Modeling of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Using CRISPR Interference
  • Orthopaedic Tissue Engineering
  • Orthopaedic Tissue Engineering for Women's Health Challenges
  • Polarized Noble Gas Imaging
  • Predictive Visual Understanding
  • Probing Neurons with Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy
  • Quantification of mechanical strain from time lapse experiments in the developing chick endoderm
  • Responsive delivery of therapeutic proteins
  • Silicon Photonic Integrated Circuits
  • Structure-Performance Relationships in Aqueous Na Ion Batteries
  • Temperature Swing Solvent Extraction for High-Salinity Desalination
  • In vitro microphysiological system for modeling Marfan Syndrome 
  • Tissue engineering of the synovium
  • Experimental and computational studies of combustion kinetics
  • Point-of-care molecular diagnostics
  • Development and Characterization of Battery Materials
  • Carbon dioxide capture and conversion to fuel
  • CO2 capture and catalytic conversion
  • Catalysis using Niobium oxide as a promoter
  • Neutron Diffraction study of nano-ceria for fast ionic conduction for better solid state fuel-battery
  • In vitro model of traumatic brain injury
  • Non-linear mechanical properties of brain
  • Developing an iPSCs model of Spinal Muscular Atrophy using CRISPRi 
  • Generating a stem cell model of Spinal Muscular Atrophy using CRISPRi
  • Hydrogen Battery
  • High speed video analysis of membraneless electrolyzers
  • Spectroelectrochemical Investigation of Low-dimensional van der Waals Electrocatalysts
  • Membrane Coated Electrocatalys
  • Numerical Modeling of Air Pollution Episodes in New Delhi, India
  • Development of Therapeutic Protein Delivery Vehicles
  • Chemically enhanced weathering of silicate minerals and industrial wastes for carbon capture and storage
  • Development of Innovative CO2 Capture Materials and Their Fluidization Behaviors
  • Undergraduate Researcher
  • CRISPR/Cas9-mediated PARP1 disruption to sensitize BRCA1 mutated breast cancer cells in response to chemotherapy
  • Economic modeling of traffic accidents
  • Articular cartilage delamination wear and a novel treatment strategy to delay osteoarthritis progression
  • Niobouim oxide as a promoter for catalytic pollution abatement
  • Carbon dioxide capture and the conversion to fuel
  • Adhesive solutions for rotator cuff repair
  • High-speed 3D microscopy: applications and image analysis
  • Femtosecond Laser Corneal Treatment
  • 2D Material Synthesis
  • Electromechanical Actuators Using Two-Dimensional (2D) Materials
  • Experimental and Behavioral Economics Research
  • Building and replicating microscope systems
  • Modeling of blood flow changes from 3D data
  • Classification of Multiple Sclerosis disease state and biomarker identification from brain metabolite concentrations acquired from 1H-MRS at 7T
  • Sustainable Nutrient Recycling: Development of Decentralized Technologies for High-Yield Nitrogen and Phosphorus Recovery from Source-Separated Urine
  • Novel technologies for sustainable water production
  • Sustainable Nutrient Recycling: Development of Decentralized Technologies for High-Yield Nitrogen and Phosphorus Recovery from Source-Separated Urine
  • Verilog Design of Media Compression Modules
  • Shoulder Biomechanics - 2
  • MRI of Multiphase Granular Flows
  • Wireless control of implantable microdevices
  • Designing Nanoparticle Based Polymer Membranes
  • Detecting Hate Speech in online Media
  • Engineering matrix for guiding stem cell differentiation
  • Guiding Stem Cell Differentiation
  • Single molecule studies of biomolecular adsorption processes
  • Brain-state dependent population neural coding
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Research
  • Wireless implantable devices
  • Smartphone-assisted blood tests
  • Point-of-care blood tests
  • Shoulder Biomechanics
  • Robotics for Human Movement Augmentation and Training
  • Data-Driven Complex Travel Behavior Modeling Using Didi Chuxing Data
  • Biomechanics of Force Generation during Tissue Morphogenesis
  • Tailoring the Rheological Behavior of 3-D Printing Concrete
  • Carbon dioxide capture and the conversion to fuel
  • Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Research Experience for Under…
  • Biomechanics of Force Generation during Tissue Morphogenesis
  • Biomechanics of Force Generation during Tissue Morphogenesis - 3
  • Visual-tactile geometric reasoning
  • Digital circuit design for robot assembler
  • Resilient Structures: Fire Effects on Suspension Bridge Main Cables
  • Open Source Ultrasound
  • Investigating Nonlinear Wave Coupling
  • Measuring and Controlling Magnetized Plasma
  • Multi Scale Informatics code research
  • Engineering novel bacteria circuitry
  • Nano-oxide synthesis for Emerging Engineering Applications
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Research
  • Network VR
  • Mechanism of neurotransmitter release in the brain
  • Exploring the Electronic Properties of Two Dimensional Materials
  • Undergraduate Israel Fellowship
  • Interface circuits for piezoelectric devices
  • Protecting Coastal Infrastructure in a Changing Climate by Integrating Optimiza…
  • Protecting Coastal Infrastructure in a Changing Climate by Integrating Optimiza…
  • Robot Simulator in CUDA/C++
  • Membrane Coated Electrocatalysts
  • 3D Printed Membraneless Electrochemical Devices
  • Low-Dimensional Electrocatalysts Based on Van der Waals Materials
  • 3D Concrete Printing
  • Audio Separation Using Deep Neural Networks
  • Polymeric Thin-Film for Enhanced Permeability-Selectivity
  • Training to Walk on Stairs using Robotic Assistance
  • Chemical Vapor Deposition Growth of Graphene
  • Biomolecular Nanodevices
  • High Temperature Creep Deformation of Ceramic and Metal Nanowires
  • Design and Testing of Hydrogel Gel-Based Affinity Glucose Micro and Nanosensors
  • CVD Graphene Growth
  • Analysis and Visualization of Single-Cell Gene Expression Data in Skin Differentiation
  • Interfacing Hybrid Computer with Digital Computer
  • Mechanisms of Force Generation During Tissue Morphogenesis
  • Investigating Nonlinear Wave Coupling
  • Bone Mechanobiology
  • Online Optimization for Management Science Applications
  • urOvol: Medical Device for Fluid Monitoring
  • Full-Duplex Wireless
  • Integrated Nanophotonic Circuits for Optical Modulators and Switches
  • Silicon Photonic SDN Controller
  • Extreme Weather Events
  • Finite Element Models of Pregnancy
  • Senior Lab Assistant - Carleton Laboratory
  • Lab Assistant - Carleton Laboratory
  • Upper Body Support for Wheelchair Users
  • Measuring and Controlling Magnetized Plasma
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Impurity Tolerant Membranes
  • Low-Temperature Heat Utilization with Membrane-Based Technology
  • Modeling Molecular Packing in Drug Formulation Excipients
  • Impact of Radiofrequency Ablation Geometry on Electrical Conduction
  • Optical Spectroscopy of Solids
  • Text-to-Speech Synthesis for Low Resource Languages
  • Personalized Anti-cancer Medicine Targeting via Machine Learning
  • Networking Research
  • (BNL) A Multi-Axes Motion Controller System for Multi-Stage Spherical Backscatter Detector
  • (BNL) A Motion Control Test and Integration System Using EtherCAT Based Drives and Power PMAC
  • (BNL) Deterministic Ethernet Accelerator Type Timing Systems on a Standalone FPGA
  • (BNL) Protoyping and Measurement of User Interface and Display Manager Conversion Tools
  • (BNL) Plotting and Visualization Using Matplotlib
  • (BNL) Testing Infrastructure and SQA/Devops
  • (BNL) Data Metrics and Mining
  • (BNL) Develop an EPICS Aware Vibration and Alarming Monitoring Station
  • Community Impact’s George Van Amson Fellowship
  • Spatial Patterning of Bacterial Colonies
  • Hybrid Computing ELEN
  • Hybrid Computing APAM