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Poster Assignment:Poster Summarizing Results from HDF Survival and Function in vitro (in the field of Bioengineering)

Module by: The Cain Project in Engineering and Professional Communication. E-mail the author


Construct a poster to communicate effectively the viability, attachment, and/or proliferation of Human Dermal Fibroblasts (HDF) in culture conditions. Include results of three or four of your experiments. At least two of the experiments should be of the same type (i.e., attachment, proliferation, viability). The audience for your poster is your technical peers. You may include your partner’s results for the cell attachment assay. You also may do so if your cells died.

Poster Requirements

The poster should contain 10-12 8.5”x11” panels (i.e. sheets of paper). Do not mount the panels on an easel or poster board.

Title and author (1 panel)

Statement of purpose/objectives (1 panel)

Experimental methods (1-2 panels or can be spread out over several panels)

Results (4-8 panels), which may include:

Graphs/figures (examples listed)

  • Picture of attachment patterns
  • Graph of MTT [3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide] vs. cell number
  • Graph of cell no. vs. time from Proliferation Assay

Captions summarizing results (examples listed)

  • Summary of Fibronectin (Fn) Attachment Assay
  • Effect of Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) on cell proliferation

Captions comparing and contrasting results (example listed)

  • Compare Fn Attachment and Attachment Time results

Summary/discussion (1 panel)

Evaluation of Poster

The instructor will evaluate your poster using the Poster Evaluation Form distributed in class. Your poster should be technically strong and visually appealing.


Draft Poster

A draft of the poster must be uploaded to CPR (Calibrated Peer Review) by the deadline. In addition, you must turn in a paper copy of your draft poster to the instructor. The draft poster will count 10% of your final course grade.

Final Poster

Provide a paper copy of the final poster panels to your instructor. The final poster will count 20% of your final course grade.

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