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Baker, Michael

mbaker@ucsd.edu
Research

-3D modeling of proteins involved in steroid hormone action -bioinformatics analysis of protein evolution

Student Responsibilities

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Barrett, Kim

kbarrett@ucsd.edu
Research

Electrophysiology, biochemistry, epithilia, signal transduction

Student Responsibilities

Will perform experiments.

Additional Info

Signal transduction mechanisms underlying ion transport responses in intestinal epithilia. Studies are related to both over and under-expression of chloride secretion (e.g. secretory diarrhea, cystic fibrosis).

Biochemistry, organic chemistry and lab. Physiology preferred 8/7/2014

Bier, Ethan

ebier@ucsd.edu
Research

1)Genetics of neural dev. in fruitflies 2)Genetics of wing vein dev. in fruitflies 3)Signal transduction through TGF-Beta & EGF-R related pathways during fruitfly dev. 4)Analysis of the human disease gene function using fruitflies as living test tube

Student Responsibilities

To take an independent aspect of a larger research project which is under the direct supervision of a post-doc. or graduate student.

Additional Info

Projects vary but typically involve use of Drosophila genetics to ask questions about cell-cell communication during development; 5-10 students total may join the lab during any quarter there is room.

None other than strong interest in research and willingness to work a minimum of 20hrs/wk on the research project 8/7/2014

Bigby, Timothy

tbigby@ucsd.edu
Research

Arachidonic acid, leukotrienes, inflammation, gene regulation

Student Responsibilities

Depends on student. Oportunity to learn hands-on molecular techniques including cloning, PCR, plasmid construction, and techniques of promoter analysis.

Additional Info

Focused on the 5-lipoxygenase pathway of arachidonic acid metabolism that is responsible for the synthesis of potent proinflammatory mediators called leukotrienes. Interested in the study of these compunds in airway disease.

Biochemistry and molecular biology 8/7/2014

Boss, Gerry

gboss@ucsd.edu
Research

General Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry: Study of signal tranduction pathways, specifically the nitric oxide/cGMP/cGMP-dependent protein kinase pathway and the Ras/MAP kinase pathway.

Student Responsibilities

10-20 hrs/wk. Culturing mammalian cells, generating Northern and Western blots, performing enzyme assays, immunoprecipitating proteins.

General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology 8/7/2014

Brown, Joan Heller

jhbrown@ucsd.edu
Research

Signal transduction pathways in G-protein receptor mediated cell proliferation & gene expression

Student Responsibilities

not specified

Additional Info

Must make commitment first to graduate students seeking rotations so cannot insure lab availability in advance

Required: Biochem, mo bio Preferred: physiology or neurobiology, basic lab skills, i.e. pipetting, weighing, solutions 8/7/2014

Burns, Jane

jcburns@ucsd.edu
Research

Epidemiology of Kawasaki disease

Student Responsibilities

Work requires car to go to medical records departments. Hours flexible during workday. Student will coordinate with public health nurse in retrieval and screening of patient records, contacting doctor's offices for records, updating Excel database.

Additional Info

student responsibilities contd: Student will accompany Dr. Burns on evaluation of acute patients. Student will administer and collate data from epidemiological questionnaire.

Interest in medicine/ public health as career choice; Excel database skills. 8/7/2014

Burton, Ronald

rburton@ucsd.edu
Research

Population genetics and Marine biology

Student Responsibilities

Carry out genetic analyses of populations of marine organisms. May include protein electrophoresis, DNA amplification and sequencing or other genetic methodologies. 10-15 hours/wk.

Additional Info

Projects are usually lab (rather than field) based. Lab is located at Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

At least 1 yr. Biology; students with interests in evolutionary bio and/or molecular bio generally get priority. 8/7/2014

Campana, Wendy

wcampana@ucsd.edu
Research

My lab studies the molecular and cellular response to peripheral nerve injury and how that relates to chronic neuropathic pain states.

Student Responsibilities

15hrs/wk minimum. Research project under the guidance of a post-doctoral fellow (PhD, MD), or lab manager (PhD) Project may involve: molecular biology, cell culture, animal surgery, animal behavioral testing, histology, immunocytochemistry.

Required: Gen. Chem, OChem, Biochem, Cell Bio, Genetics, Physics, Calculus. Preferred: Animal Phys., Neuroscience, Mol. Bio. 8/7/2014

Carethers, John

jcarethers@ucsd.edu
Research

Colon cancer and DNA mismatch repair; TGFbeta superfamily signaling models.

Student Responsibilities

Make buffers, prepare gels, perform PCR reactions, aid in immunohistochemistry, be part of a team.

Additional Info

General biology, general chemistry, genetics, physics helpful. 8/14/2012

Casteel, Darren

dcasteel@ucsd.edu
Research

The study of protein dynamics, protein-protein, and protein-small molecule interactions using hydrogen exchange mass spectrometry.

Student Responsibilities

Performing Hydrogen/deuterium exchange reactions and peptide analysis. 10-20 hrs/wk.

None, but a knowledge of basic biochemistry and structural biology would be useful. 9/22/2014

Castro, Januario

jecastro@ucsd.edu
Research

Immuno-therapy and Gene therapy of leukemia-lymphoma. Our studies are looking at the application of new technologies for the treatment of leukemia and lymphona based on stimulation of the immune system.

Student Responsibilities

12-20 hrs/wk. The student will be directly involved with the design, conduction and interpretation of experiements in samples from patients with leukemia and lymphoma. Participation in lab meetings and journal clubs encouraged but not mandatory.

Additional Info

Students will have direct training in immunology and cell biology techniques.

Biochemistry, Chemistry or Cellular & Molecular Biology; some laboratory experience preferred but not required. A commitment for more than a quarter would be preferred. 8/7/2014

Chang, John

jtc007@ucsd.edu
Research

CD4+ and CD8+ T cell immune responses, asymmetric T cell division. For more information please see: http://gastro.ucsd.edu/people/JChang.shtml

Student Responsibilities

The student will work directly with the principle investigator as well as with other lab personnel on research projects. Minimum time commitment of 15 hours/week

Additional Info

Students will learn to use in vitro and in vivo model systems, cell culture, immunofluorescence, & flow cytometry. Prefer 3 quarter or longer commitment; will be encouraged to undertake independent projects and participate in publishing papers.

Coursework in molecular/cellular biology and immunology preferred. Strong interest in immunology required. 8/7/2014

Cherqui, Stephanie

scherqui@ucsd.edu
Research

Developing stem cell and gene therapy strategies for degenerative multi-systemic disorders, and to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which hematopoietic stem cells can lead to tissue repair in non-hematopoietic genetic diseases.

Student Responsibilities

Students will be actively involved in the on-going research projects. Motivation and dedication will be essential. Commitment of a minimum of 10hrs/wk is required.

Additional Info

Students will learn and carry out a variety of procedures in molecular biology, cellular biology, immunochemistry, mouse models, flow cytometry, etc.

Courses in Genetics, Molecular Biology and/or Cell Biology. Strong interest in research is essential. 8/27/2014

Chi, Neil

nchi@ucsd.edu
Research

Cardiac/Vascular development and regeneration: Our laboratory uses cellular, molecular, genetic, and transgenic approaches to study the specification, patterning, and differentiation of cardiovascular progenitor stem cells that give rise to the heart and

Student Responsibilities

15-20 hrs/wk required. Commitment of 3 quarters or more preferred. We encourage students to participate in publishing papers with our group.

Additional Info

Students will have the opportunity to participate in disease-oriented animal research including models of heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, and stroke. Lab procedures include in situ hybridization, cloning, cell/molecular biology, and zebrafish genetics

General Biology/Chemistry and basic laboratory experience. 8/7/2014

Chisholm, Andrew

adchisholm@ucsd.edu
Research

Gentics of development. Cell signaling pathways that regulate neural development and epidermal morphogenesis in C. elegans. Computational analysis of morphogenesis.

Student Responsibilities

Research projects working with graduate students or postdoctoral fellows. Students attend and present at weekly lab meetings. Minimum 20 hrs/wk. Minimum two quarter commitment.

3.3 GPA. Genetics and biochemistry coursework preferred. Motivation for wlrk and enthusiasm. 5/7/2014

Choe, Seunghyon (Senyon)

schoe@ucsd.edu
Research

The long-term goal of our research is to understand the principals of molecular recognition and interaction between biological macromolecules by visualizing their molecular structures at atomic resolution primarily through X-ray crystallographic methods.

Student Responsibilities

not specified

Previous lab experience preferred but not required. 8/7/2014

Chory, Joanne

jchory@ucsd.edu
Research

Signal transduction in plants

Student Responsibilities

15-20 hrs/wk.

Biochemistry, Genetics, General Chem, and Organic Chem 8/7/2014

Church, Kellie

kbchurch@ucsd.edu
Research

Our lab studies neuroendocrine control of reproduction and the mechanisms whereby stress alters fertility using mouse and cell culture models to assess molecular mechanisms underlying reproductive disease.

Student Responsibilities

Contribute 12 hr/wk. Attend weekly lab meetings. Will initially join ongoing research project and can conduct an independent research project with sufficient experience.

Additional Info

NO Openings Available. Students must be willing to work with mice and will learn in vivo model systems, cell culture, and gene expression techniques. Lab will support student applications to support summer research.

Required: General Biology and General Chemistry Preferred: Physiology, Cell Biology and/or Neurobiology 8/7/2014

Cleveland, Don

dcleveland@ucsd.edu
Research

Examining mechanisms of motor neuron degeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Student Responsibilities

15 hrs/week minimum, animal handling, genotyping, perfusions, matings, protein electrophoresis, DNA cloning.

Additional Info

Minimum 2 quarters commitment; This is a project relevant to human disease. Much emphasis on molecular mechanisms and mitochondria.

Required: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Willingness to handle mice, Motivated to work in lab setting, Demonstrate independence; Preferred: Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, previous lab/animal experience. 8/15/2012

Collins, Eva-Maria

emscollins@ucsd.edu
Research

Independent research in the area of hydra and planarian regeneration. Possible projects include drug studies on regeneration and behavior, microsurgery and manipulation of planarians and hydras, image analysis in Matlab.

Student Responsibilities

Carry out an independent sub-project that is linked to the work of grad student or postdoc.

General Biology coursework required. Lab course experience preferred; completed lab safety training. Strong interest in research and willingness to work a minimum of 15hrs/wk on the research project. Commitment for minimum 2 quarters. 8/7/2014

Corey-Bloom, Jody

jcoreybloom@ucsd.edu
Research

Clinical studies involving patients with and at risk for Huntington's disease OR basic and translational research on the molecular mechanisms of Huntington's disease using mouse models and cell culture systems.

Student Responsibilities

10-12 hrs/week. Training may require long-term commitment (preferably 1 year or longer). For basic/translational research, students will perform immunohistochemistry, DNA isolations and PCR analysis, and assist with behavioral testing in mouse models.

Additional Info

For the basic/translational research, students will work in the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Thomas at the Scripps Research Institute (http://www.scripps.edu/research/faculty/thomas), 3030 Science Park Rd. La Jolla, CA.

For the clinical studies, must be a highly motivated individual with a strong interest in patient-oriented clinical research, neuropsychological testing, and multidisciplinary clinics. Strong interpersonal skills and computer experience are preferred. 9/26/2014

Corr, Mary

mpcorr@ucsd.edu
Research

Mechanisms of gene vaccination for treatment of autoimmune disorders

Student Responsibilities

not specified

Additional Info

Prefer students whose commitment to a project is at least a year

Required: Successful completion of bio or chem lab course, upper division mo bio 8/7/2014

Courchesne, Eric

ecourchesne@ucsd.edu
Research

Neuroanatomcial bases of autism (using structural & functional MRI and ERP)

Student Responsibilities

10-20 hrs/wk Learning anatomy for neuroanatomic measure; Use of computer software to calculate & analyze data, & data management.

Additional Info

Opportunity to work w. either structural MRI, functional MRI, or ERP

Minimum major GPA 3.5. Minimum 2 quarter commitment w/possibility of subsequent employment. Biology major preferred, cog sci and psych majors welcome. Unix and Excel helpful. Interest in graduate study in neuroscience or med school. 8/7/2014

Crotty Alexander, Laura

lcrotty@ucsd.edu
Research

Investigations into innate immune cell function (especially macrophages, neutrophils, and eosinophils), bacterial virulence, and the effects of cigarette smoke and e-cigarette vapor on both. We also study asthma pathogenesis, with a focus on HIF.

Student Responsibilities

Students are taught specific techniques and assays. When they demonstrate proficiency (able to work independently) we work together to pick out a project for them to focus on. Students are expected to present their research at lab mtgs and conferences.

Additional Info

We enjoy having undergraduates as a part of our lab. It is a great opportunity to get another generation of students into research! We do require a 10 hour or more time commitment, and it needs to be in blocks of time: noon-6pm or 8am-2pm, etc.

Skills that would be an asset: pipetting, sterile technique, tissue culture, PCR, ELISA, western blot, and bacterial culture. Motivated, responsible, reliable students only! We are looking for a student to start (full-time if possible) this summer. 8/7/2014

Desplats, Paula

pdesplatsdegiacon@ucsd.edu
Research

Understanding gene regulation and epigenetic alterations in neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Profile DNA methylation in human brains, animal and cellular models and perform state-of-the art molecular biology techniques.

Student Responsibilities

10-20 hrs/week. Commitment of 3 quarters or more is preferred. Students will perform research under supervision of the PI and post-doc and grad student. Projects may include epigenetics, molecular biology, cell culture, biochemistry and data mining.

Additional Info

Students will learn and carry out various lab procedures in molecular biology, tissue culture, and immunohistochemistry. They will also participate in regular journal club and present their work in lab meetings.

Junior with >3.3 GPA, Biochem & Molecular Biology courses. Courses in Neuro, a plus. Basic laboratory skills pipetting, preparing solutions and motivated to work in lab setting. Priority to those interested in BS/MS or willing to commit for 1 year minimum 8/7/2014

Doherty, Taylor

tdoherty@ucsd.edu
Research

Innate immune responses in asthma models. Identification and targeting of novel mediators of the airway inflammatory response to allergens that trigger asthma.

Student Responsibilities

Initial duties include performing ELISA, flow cytometry, and maintenance of buffers and reagents. With further training, student will perform experiments including in-vivo allergen challenges and measurement of lung inflammatory endpoints.

Additional Info

Minimum 1 year, overall 20 hours/week

Students with a strong enthusiasm for scientific research using disease models. Detail-oriented, proactive, and hard working. Basic laboratory coursework and junior or senior students with aspirations for BS/MS program strongly preferred. 8/7/2014

Doolittle, Russell

rdoolittle@ucsd.edu
Research

Studies on protein evolution

Student Responsibilities

not specified

Biochemistry, physics; computer background desirable 8/7/2014

Dueck, Ron

rdueck@ucsd.edu
Research

Cardiovascular: Perioperative heart failure. Respiratory: Expiratory flow limitation.

Student Responsibilities

Non-specified

Biology majors; computer proficiency. 8/7/2014

Ernst, Peter

pernst@ucsd.edu
Research

Understanding of the novel host-bacterial interaction and immune responses to generate new therapeutic approaches. LAB CONTACT: Soumita Das (sodas@ucsd.edu)

Student Responsibilities

Perform research under direct supervision of Dr. Das and regular scientific interaction with Prof. Ernst and other members of the lab group. Time is flexible depending on the experience and the project. At least 2 quarters commitment preferred.

Additional Info

Human and mouse macrophage and epithelial cell lines; infection in knock out mouse. Maintenance of cell lines, infection with bacteria, down regulation of gene expression by siRNA, sequence analysis and cloning, RNA isolation, cytokine assay by ELISA, etc

The basic knowledge of microbiology-molecular biology is required. 8/7/2014

Estelle, Mark

mestelle@ucsd.edu
Research

Genetic and molecular studies of hormone action in Arabidopsis. Hormonal regulation of plant growth and development.

Student Responsibilities

Minimum 15 hrs/week

Genetics and Molecular Biology 8/7/2014

Felbeck, Horst

hfelbeck@ucsd.edu
Research

Physiology & biochemistry of chemoautotrophic symbioses. We are working on several projects requiring different backgrounds ranging from the role of free D-alanine in the symbiosis and tolerance to low oxygen concentrations, to the sequencing of the geno

Student Responsibilities

Varies depending on your background. We can talk about your wishes and our needs when you contact me.

Additional Info

It is important that you will be able to have a reasonably reliable schedule. I do not want people who say whenever I have time, I can come by I need to talk to everybody in person before I can make a commitment about doing a 199 in my lab.

Lab experience, background in biochemistry, phsyiology or molecular biology 8/7/2014

Firtel, Richard (Rick)

rafirtel@ucsd.edu
Research

Please see web page: http://glamdring.ucsd.edu/~firtel

Student Responsibilities

Depends upon level. Most students have direct participation in the project or have their own project.

Additional Info

Molecular genetics of signal transduction and gene expression. Would be expected to work on an independent project after one-half to one quarter.

Molecular Biology, some lab course or lab experience. 8/7/2014

French, Kathleen

kfrench@ucsd.edu
Research

Development of the nervous system and behavior in the medicinal leech; behavioral effects of selected Conus snail toxins and the neuronal basis of these changes.

Student Responsibilities

Students will have his or her own project for which he or she has primary responsibility. A commitment of at least 12 hours per week in the lab is necessary to make progress.

Physiology and/or embryology preferred, especially of the nervous system. Stong interest in neurophysiology required. 8/7/2014

Friedmann, Theodore

tfriedmann@ucsd.edu
Research

Gene therapy, virus assembly, gene transfer methodology, stem cells biology and differentiation.

Student Responsibilities

To be arranged.

Chemistry, genetics, bio lab (sterile technique, etc) 8/7/2014

Ganiats, Ted

tganiats@ucsd.edu
Research

Outcomes research, including quality of life, cost-effectiveness, and psychological aspects of decision making.

Student Responsibilities

Negotiable depending on project. Literature reading & library searches, collecting data from patients, working with data entry & analysis on computer.

Additional Info

NOTE: MAY NOT QUALIFY AS A BISP 199.

None 8/8/2014

Ghosh, Pradipta

prghosh@ucsd.edu
Research

please visit Lab Weblink: http://ghoshlab.ucsd.edu/

Student Responsibilities

Student is expected to be able to take on any and all kinds of project related responsibilities, including, reading, researching, planning, executing, interpreting and presentation/manuscript writing. Authorships are guaranteed for original contribution.

Additional Info

Students will be directly mentored by PI for their thesis proposal and execution. He/she will be paired with a postdoctoral fellow to ensure successful completion of projects in a timely and efficient manner.

A background in human biology, cell and molecular biology, and biochemistry will be preferred. But most importantly, a strong commitment to pursuing a career biomedical science is a must. 8/8/2014

Gillin, Frances

fgillin@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecular & cellular biology, genomics, & pathogenesis of Giardia lamblia. Giardia is a major cause of waterborne intestinal disease & is also one of the earliest known eukaryotic properties. Our group's orientation is unusual because we focus broadly o

Student Responsibilities

In order to derive the most benefit from a research experience, we require ~20 hrs/wk and at least 2 quarter, preferably including a summer.

Additional Info

cont Nature of Research: 3) How are components of the cyst wall transported & how is this extracellular matrix structure assembled? 4) What are the structure & function of the unusual cysteine-rich variant surface proteins of Giardia? 5)What can Giardia g

Understanding & preferably lab experience in cell/molecular biology, biochemistry. Willing to work in lab for more than one quarter. 8/8/2014

Goldberg, Jeffrey

jlgoldberg@ucsd.edu
Research

Development of a novel, iPad based diagnostic tool for visual impairment and disease.

Student Responsibilities

10-15hrs/wk minimum with the ability to work remotely to a large extent.

Additional Info

Enthusiastic and energetic undergraduate students with desire to undertake an initial short term project with the opportunity to expand to a longer position requested.

Proficiency in IOS mobile application development. Background in biology and/or interest in medicine favored. 9/19/2014

Groisman, Alexander

agroisman@ucsd.edu
Research

1. Effect of physical pressure on growth of bacterial colonies in microfluidic devices. 2. Application of a novel gene gun to delivery of genetic material into cells and tissues. 3.Mechanobiology of mammalian cells. See http://physics.ucsd.edu/~groisman

Student Responsibilities

Performing lab experiments on life cells and tissues. Improving experimental setups. Working with microfluidic devices. Making micro-devices and micro-patterned substrates. Fluorescence microscopy.

Additional Info

Students will work together with postdocs and graduate students in the lab. At least a two-quarter commitment for #1 and long-term commitment for #2 and #3 is expected. Projects 2 and 3 may also be suitable for engineering and physical science majors.

1. Basic microbiology lab skills. 2. Interest in novel bio-instrumentation and bio-techniques. 3. Basic knowledge of mechanics and chemistry. 8/8/2014

Haas, Richard

rhaas@ucsd.edu
Research

Mitochondrial biochemistry & molecular biology

Student Responsibilities

not specified

Additional Info

Required: Biochemistry Prefer: Biochem lab 8/14/2012

Halpain, Shelley

shalpain@ucsd.edu
Research

Neuronal dev.; mechanisms of neurite outgrowth & synapse formation, w/ emphasis on cytoskeletal proteins (actin & microtubules). Projects pertain to Alzheimer's, bipolar disorder & autism. Tech. are flourescence light microscopy & time-lapse imaging.

Student Responsibilities

8 hours minimum per week; twelve during the academic quarter if enrolled for course credit. Minimum 2 quarter commitment is preferred.

Additional Info

Students will be trained in mol. bio & neuronal cell bio, including quantitative image analysis. Students are expected to contribute to general lab management & to show a high level of reliability and enthusiasm. Temp. closed to new applicants.

General biology and chemistry. 8/8/2014

Hao, Nan

nhao@ucsd.edu
Research

Our laboratory aims at obtaining a quantitative and predictive understanding of how complex biological systems operate and function.

Student Responsibilities

*

Additional Info

We focus on the two complementary directions: systems biology analysis to deconstruct natural systems and synthetic biology to build artificial systems analogous to natural systems.

Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology preferred. Students interested in honors or BS/MS program are preferred. Students will obtain hands-on training and will have opportunity to conduct independent research projects. 8/19/2014

Hastings, Randolph

rhhastings@ucsd.edu
Research

Investigating the expression, effects & mechanism of effects of PTHrP in cultured type II cells * See expanded description in Wonder Sheet binder.

Student Responsibilities

Cultured cell growth or differentation

Additional Info

Student will have direct, hands-on experience carrying out a project under direction of myself and my lab supervisor. * See expanded description in Wonder Sheet binder.

Required: Undergrad courses in cell bio, biochem or mo bio and chem 8/8/2014

Hedrick, Stephen

shedrick@ucsd.edu
Research

Immunology/T cell development/Gene Expression

Student Responsibilities

Help in a project carried out by a graduate student or postdoc.

Additional Info

Various aspects of differentiation and death associated with T lymphocyte development. Signaling pathways, receptor-ligand interactions, gene expression, mechanisms of apoptosis.

Molecular Biology, biochemical techniques, immunology 8/8/2014

Hnasko, Thomas

thnasko@ucsd.edu
Research

Neuroscience: Molecular & genetic approaches to parse the neural circuits that mediate motivated behavior, reward, and addiction. http://hnaskolab.ucsd.edu/

Student Responsibilities

12+ hrs/week. Must be willing and able to work with rodent experimental subjects.

Additional Info

Interested students should send 1) resume including relevant coursework, grades, GPA, experience, etc. 2) cover letter describing career goals, the type of position you're looking for, and how much time you can commit to the lab.

Neuroscience, psychology, and/or molecular biology related coursework & 3+ quarter commitment required. Must be highly motivated with strong interest in basic neuroscience research. 8/8/2014

Hoffman, Harold (Hal)

hahoffman@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecular basis of familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome, an autosomal dominant inflammatory disorder in humans.

Student Responsibilities

10-20 hrs/wk. The student will be part of a team & participate in all the facets of a human disease project including basis and clinical research. The student will learn techniques such as PCR, electrophoresis, RTPCR, & sequence analysis.

Additional Info

Student will learn from and work directly w/me. A commiment of at least 2 quarters preferred.

Genetics 8/8/2014

Holway, David

dholway@ucsd.edu
Research

We study invasive social insects from a strongly experimental perspective. Research in the lab integrates ecology, behavior, physiology, and genetics with the aim of isolating the underlying causes and resulting consequences of biological invasions.

Student Responsibilities

These are varied. Students often work closely with a PhD student or a postdoc on an existing project, but BISP199 students are strongly encouraged to develop an independent line of research related to ongoing work.

Additional Info

Projects often involve ant-related research and range from highly controlled, lab-based studies to work that is primarily field oriented.

No specific pre-requisites, but BIEB102 and upper division BIEB courses will provide a necessary context for any research project. Feel free to contact the PI for more information. 8/8/2014

Hong, Suzi

s1hong@ucsd.edu
Research

Bidirectional interactions between the immune and neuroendocrine systems as they pertain to human diseases. Stress biology.

Student Responsibilities

12-20 hrs/week, assisting with laboratory assays, ongoing clinical studies, and data entering & analysis, independent research projects as appropriate

Additional Info

BISP199 positions have been filled for Summer and Fall, 2012.

Basic biology and/or cell biology, basic laboratory techniques, human physiology and interests in psychology are preferred but not required 8/15/2012

Insel, Paul

pinsel@ucsd.edu
Research

G-protein-coupled receptor signalling, signal transduction, adrenergic receptors, nucleotide receptors, cyclic AMP, adenylyl cyclases, apoptosis, compartmentation of signalling molecules.

Student Responsibilities

Student will undertake an independent project examining an aspect of the general problems the lab is studying on the topics noted. 1 or 2 students may join the lab during any quarter.

Additional Info

Research includes studies of signal transduction via certain classes of adrenergic & nucleotide receptors linked to G-proteins & G-protein-activiated effectors. Cell & mol bio, & biochem techniques are used primarily in studies with cultured cells

Prefer coursework in Biochemistry (ideally Biochemical Techniques), organic chemistry, cell and molecular biology, and if possible, in mammalian physiology 8/8/2014

Jin, Xin

xjin@salk.edu
Research

Our focus is on investigating the role of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the basal ganglia during complex cognitive processes. We use cutting edge in vivo neurochemical recording techniques including freely-behaving models and optogenetic manipulation.

Student Responsibilities

Training can be a long-term process; students who can commit to no less than one year will be considered. ~20 hrs/week.

Additional Info

Strong understanding of chemistry and neurobiology

Motivation-Interest in learning from and contributing to the scientific process. Work ethic-Primary research is often difficult, and we are interested in producing, not hourly commitments, though the two usually go hand in hand. 8/8/2014

Jin, Yishi

yijin@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecular control of neuronal development and regeneration in C. elegans.

Student Responsibilities

Minimum 15 hrs/week

Additional Info

Students will carry out experiements using molecular genetics methodologies in C. elegans and will work with a team of researchers.

General biology; strong motivation; highly responsible; and willingness to work hard as required; average GPA 3.3 8/8/2014

Joiner, William

wjoiner@ucsd.edu
Research

1) Molecular mechanisms & neural circuitry that control sleep in Drosophila. 2) Identify & characterize modulators of ion channels & receptors of pharmacological interest in mice.

Student Responsibilities

15 hrs/wk minimum and 3 quarter commitment. Ability to carry out an independent project after initial training with a postdoc.

Additional Info

1) Fly genetics, sleep measurements, learning & memory assays, immunohistochemistry & confocal imaging of brains, generation of transgenic animals. 2) Molecular cloning, cell culture, western blotting, immunoprecipitation, ion flux assays.

Required: General Biology or AP equivalent. Preferred: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. 8/8/2014

Kadonaga, James

jkadonaga@ucsd.edu
Research

Regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes (mainly Drosophila). Use biochemistry & molecular biology to analyze chromatin structure & transcription by RNA polymerase II.

Student Responsibilities

Depends on experience of student. Prefer 1 year commitment or longer.

n/a 8/8/2014

Kagnoff, Martin

mkagnoff@ucsd.edu
Research

Epithelial cell gene expression, regulation of the inflammatory response, host microbial pathogenesis.

Student Responsibilities

Independently conduct or assist in conducting experiments using molecular, immunologic cell biolgic approaches.

Additional Info

Students use in vitro and in vivo model systems, a variety of molecular biologic methods, cell culture, immunhistochemistry & immunologic methods.

Introductory Biology, Advanced Biology, Molecular Biology, Chemistry 8/8/2014

Kauffman, Alexander

akauffman@ucsd.edu
Research

Lab studies neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying the control of puberty and reproduction in mammals. Lab uses rodent models & physiology, molecular, cellular, & neuroanatomical techniques to asses which genes, proteins & hormones regulate repro.

Student Responsibilities

Responsibilities include learning and performing lab assays/techniques and assist graduate students or post-doctoral fellows in research projects. Minimum 10 hrs/week in lab.

Additional Info

Prefer at least 3 quarters or more commitment & encourage students to participate in publishing papers. Lab supports students' applications for fellowship award for the summer.

Required: General Biology and General Chemistry Preferred: Physiology, Cell Biology and/or Neurobiology 8/8/2014

Kelner, Michael

mkelner@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecular Toxicology: cloning antioxidant enzymes & their genes

Student Responsibilities

not specified

Additional Info

PI is accustomed to working w/ juniors and seniors who have had no lab experience (been in the FMP program and have had 6 students pass through in the past 3 yrs)

Required: BILD 1,2,3 and Chem 6A,B,C; don't need lab experience 8/8/2014

Kelsoe, John

jkelsoe@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecular genetics of manic-depressive illness

Student Responsibilities

not specified

Additional Info

Please contact Pat Bergesch in lieu Dr. Kelsoe for information

Required: O-Chem, mo bio, some practical mo bio lab experience 8/8/2014

Kipps, Thomas

tkipps@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecular immunology, tumor biology, gene therapy

Student Responsibilities

Work directly with lab personnel (graduate students/post-docs) on research projects. Minimum time commitment of 15 hours/week. Will be encouraged to undertake independent projects and participate in publishing papers.

Additional Info

Students will learn to use in vitro and in vivo model systems, cell culture, immunofluorescence, & flow cytometry.

Required: Minimum 3.3 GPA. Basic lab course, bio, ochem, some familiarity w/ basic immunology and w/ basic lab techniques. Lab coursework preferred. High motivation and willingness to work one full academic year or longer. 8/8/2014

Kohn, Joshua

jkohn@ucsd.edu
Research

1) Evolutionary genetics of self-recognition in plants 2) Hummingbird pollination of bush monkeyflower

Student Responsibilities

Varies w/ student

Additional Info

Students wanted for: 1. Cloning and sequencing of self incompatibility alleles. 2. Field and lab data gathering and analysi

None. Some background in organismal bio (at least BILD3) preferred. Some projects require molecular biology background. 8/8/2014

Komiyama, Takaki

tkomiyama@ucsd.edu
Research

Neuroscience of learning, sensorimotor transformation and behavior. More detail can be found at http://labs.biology.ucsd.edu/komiyama/

Student Responsibilities

Minimum 12 hrs/wk, 5 days/wk. Preference given to longer commitment. Attend weekly lab meetings.

Additional Info

Must be willing to work with mice. To Apply: Send CV and unofficial transcript to tkomiyama@ucsd.edu

As much neurobiology as possible. Lab coursework preferred. Strong interest in research and ability to work independently. 8/8/2014

Koo, Edward

edkoo@ucsd.edu
Research

Cell and Molecular neurobiology of Alzheimer's disease and neurodegeneration.

Student Responsibilities

TBA

Basic biology, laboratory course, and one higher level biology or chemistry. 8/8/2014

Koob, George

gkoob@ucsd.edu
Research

Neurobiology and neuropsychopharmacology of drugs of abuse, stress and feeding.

Student Responsibilities

Assisting with behavioral experiements; handling rats and/or mice.

Additional Info

Minimum 2 consecutive quarter commitment. 10hrs/wk. Hours are flexible.

Any one of the following: Psych 179, 181 or 188. 8/11/2014

Kristan, Bill

wkristan@ucsd.edu
Research

Neurobiology: Electrophysiology, anatomy, imaging, computational modeling, development of the nervous system & behavior.

Student Responsibilities

12 hrs/ wk minimum, 16 hrs/wk preferred. Specific responsbilities depend upon the project.

Additional Info

Preference will be given to students with a high GPA, lab expereience, & enthusiasm for research.

As much neurobiology as possible. Lab coursework preferred. 8/11/2014

Lauberth, Shannon

slauberth@ucsd.edu
Research

Our laboratory uses biochemical, genomic/proteomic, and molecular approaches to identify and functionally characterize the role of epigenetic mechanisms (primarily histone modifications) in regulating the tumor suppressor functions of p53.

Student Responsibilities

Depending on previous experience, students will work directly with lab personnel on existing research projects or will be encouraged to perform independent research studies. Prefer a commitment of at least 1 year.

Must have an understanding of biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related field and must have a strong commitment to scientific research. 9/4/2014

Lee, Kuo

kflee@salk.edu
Research

Neural development and function

Student Responsibilities

Take part in projects with a postdoc.

none 8/11/2014

Leutgeb, Jill

jleutgeb@ucsd.edu
Research

Biological and computational mechanisms for learning and memory, neuronal network activity, neurodegenerative diseases, spatial cognition. More detail can be found at http://neurograd.ucsd.edu/faculty/detail.php?id=338

Student Responsibilities

Minimum 10 hrs/wk and preference will be given to two-quarter or longer commitment. Attend and present at weekly lab meetings. Will initially join ongoing research project and can conduct an independent research project with sufficient experience.

Additional Info

Must be willing to work with vertebrate animals.

General Biology, Physiology preferred. Strong interest in research and ability to work independently.At this time seeking applicants with experience in computer programing, particularly using Matlab. 8/11/2014

Leutgeb, Stefan

sleutgeb@ucsd.edu
Research

Biological and computational mechanisms for learning and memory, neuronal network activity, neurodegenerative diseases, spatial cognition. More details can be found at http://neurograd.ucsd.edu/faculty/detail.php?id=336

Student Responsibilities

Minimum 10 hrs/wk and preference will be given to two-quarter or longer commitment. Attend and present at weekly lab meetings. Will initially join ongoing research project and can conduct an independent research project with sufficient experience.

Additional Info

Must be willing to work with vertebrate animals.

General biology. Physiology preferred. Strong interest in research and ability to work independently. 8/11/2014

Levin, Lisa

llevin@ucsd.edu
Research

Infaunal communities in varied marine settings: invertebrate succession in restored wetlands, infaunal assemblages in methane seeps & oxygen minimum zones, consequences of plant & animal invasion in Pacific estuaries.

Student Responsibilities

12-15 hrs/wk.

Additional Info

Projects vary, but often involve microscope study of marine invertebrates. Deep-sea research opportunities are available. Expectations include paper preparation, use of statistics for analysis of data generated.

General Biology, familiarity with use of a binorcular microscope. 8/11/2014

Li, Willis

wxli@ucsd.edu
Research

Genetic and molecular studies of signal transduction pathways in development, aging, stem cells, and diseases using fly and mouse models. A current focus is how JAK-STAT signaling induces chromatin and epigenetic changes to regulate gene transcription.

Student Responsibilities

Students should commit at least 10 hrs/wk for two quarters. Students will have their own research projects, with help from other lab members.

Students with a strong desire to learn and a strong interest in scientific research are encouraged to apply. 8/11/2014

Lieber, Rick

rlieber@ucsd.edu
Research

Skeletal muscle physiology

Student Responsibilities

12-15 hrs/wk as lab assistant. Assist in basic lab procedures, buffers, gels.

Additional Info

http://muscle.ucsd.edu

Basic biological knowledge; basic mechanics knowledge. 8/11/2014

Lin, Jonathan

jlin@ucsd.edu
Research

Protein misfolding in desease and development. For more information, please visit www.linlab.ucsd.edu

Student Responsibilities

TBD based on student background and availability

Biology, Chemistry, Computer literacy, Laboratory procedures 8/26/2014

Lin, Shuh-Yow

shuh-yow@ucsd.edu
Research

Sensory transmission of auditory/vestibular receptors and neurons. Neurobiology of hearing loss and tinnitus. Techniques including molecular methods, cellular and live animal imaging, electophysiology.

Student Responsibilities

10-20 hrs/wk

Additional Info

Opportunity to learn hands-on molecular, cellular and physiological techniques. Take part of projects after training. Must be willing to work with vertebrate animals.

Biology. Students with cell biology or biochemistry or physiology course work preferred. 8/11/2014

Loomis, William

wloomis@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecular genetics & bioinformatics of developmental processes

Student Responsibilities

Develop research skills. Minimum of 3 quarter commitment required.

Molecular Biology 8/11/2014

Mahata, Sushil

smahata@ucsd.edu
Research

Neurobiology of chromaffin cells and sympathochromaffin gene targeting including BAC haplotype replacement.

Student Responsibilities

10-15 hrs/wk preferabley for 2 quarters.

Additional Info

Students will learn sympathochromaffin cell culture, catecholamine release assay, transfection, luciferase reporter assay, and signaling to catecholamine release and catecholamine storage vesicle gene transcription.

Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 8/11/2014

Maisel, Alan

amaisel@ucsd.edu
Research

1) Interaction between sympathetic nervous system & immune system 2) congestive heart failure

Student Responsibilities

Help plan and carry out research.

Additional Info

Do not always have availability. Student MUST work 2 quarters (not 1). 1-2 students may join the lab beginning fall.

Required: Biology or immunology lab experience; pre-med preferable 8/11/2014

Mandyam, Chitra

cmandyam@scripps.edu
Research

The overall goal of Mandyam Lab research is to determine a causal role for adult neurogenesis in addictive and stress disorders. Please contact Dr. Mandyam directly for positions at cmandyam@scripps.edu Check Mandyam lab at http://www.scripps.edu/mandyam

Student Responsibilities

Students will assist with behavioral experiments; will perform immunohistochemistry and will learn stereology and microscopy analysis. Students will be given independent small projects that can be completed in a timely manner.

Additional Info

Students with Minimum 3 consecutive quarter commitment will be given preference. 10 hrs/wk. Hours are flexible. Students interested in honors or BS/MS programs are welcome. Students will be given an opportunity to apply for independent funding through NIH

Biology, Psychology, Neuroscience or Bio-chemistry courses; Interested candidates please send a detailed resume including relevant coursework, grades, GPA, lab experiences, etc. and a short paragraph describing career goals, the type of position 8/11/2014

Masliah, Eliezer

emasliah@ucsd.edu
Research

Neurobiology of Alzheimer's Disease

Student Responsibilities

not specified

Required: Biology and chem, familiarity w/ genral lab procedures 8/11/2014

McCarthy, Michael

mmccarthy@ucsd.edu
Research

Circadian Clocks in Psychiatric Disorders (Bipolar, Depression, Alcoholism)

Student Responsibilities

Work independently under supervision from PI, and/or post-docs to conduct experiments using techniques in molecular imaging, gene expression, and genetics in cell cultures from human subjects to address questions about abnormalities in biological timing.

Additional Info

Experience with sterile cell culture, and PCR highly desirable. Min 10hr / week. 1 yr commitment preferred. Must qualify for VA WOC appointment.

Completed sophomore year >3.3 GPA, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Courses. Coursework in Neuroscience, Chronobiology, Pharmacology a plus. Also need basic laboratory skills pipetting, preparing solutions, using balance. 8/11/2014

McGinnis, William

wmcginnis@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecules & mechanisms that control animal shape during embryogenesis, and the genetics and molecular biology of epidermal wound repair, see website for McGinnis lab at UCSD for more information.

Student Responsibilities

Approximately 10 hrs/wk. Basic genetic & molecular biology experiments.

BICD 100 (Genetics), and either Recombinant DNA lab (BIMM 101), or Biochemical Techniques lab (BIBC 103), or previous lab experience 8/11/2014

Mellon, Pamela

pmellon@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecular basis of how the brain (specifically hypothalamus & pituitary) controls reproductive hormones. We use cell culture, molecular biology, transgenic & knock-out mice, & biochemical methods to understand regulation of genes & hormones.

Student Responsibilities

Student will have a project of their own that is closely allied with that of a Postdoctoral Fellow or senior graduate student. They will learn cutting-edge molecular methods including molecular cloning, cell culture, transfections, & mouse genetics.

Additional Info

Prefer at least 3 quarters or more commitment & encourage students to participate in publishing papers. We support students' applications for fellowship award for the Summer.

Chemistry lab. Preferred: Biochem Techniques 8/11/2014

Mitchell, Greg

gmitchell@ucsd.edu
Research

Oceanographic research on phytoplankton and marine photosynthesis. Satellite applications to the study of phytoplankton ecology at regional and global scales.

Student Responsibilities

Culture phytoplankton, conduct experiments, laboratory analyses, summarize results via reports including graphics, data tables, and writing.

Additional Info

Also laboratory studies of phytoplankton physiology in response to light (inlcuding UV), nutrient and temperature stress. 1 student/quarter may join the lab any quarter.

Intr biology, intro chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, calculus, strong computer skills preferred (Unix or PC-Windows) 8/11/2014

Natale, David

dnatale@ucsd.edu
Research

Stem cells can allow organs to adapt to stress or injury. We examine the role of trophoblast stem cells, in the placenta, during pregnancy complications, including IUGR, preeclampsia, diabetes and various other nutritional and environmental stresses.

Student Responsibilities

Minimum 10 hours/week in the lab. Attention to detail and organized. Enthusiastic to learn and work independently as well as with lab personnel on research projects.

Additional Info

Prefer at least 3 quarters or more commitment and encourage students to contribute to publishing manuscripts. Lab will support student applications for studentships for summer research.

Required: Chemistry Lab Preferred: Biochemistry techniques 1/10/2014

Newton, Alexandra

anewton@ucsd.edu
Research

Biochemistry of signal transduction

Student Responsibilities

10hrs/wk. Student will learn biochemical techniques; will assist graduate student or postdoc in their project.

Required: O-Chem lab 8/11/2014

Nieh, James

jnieh@ucsd.edu
Research

1) Foraging and communication in social bees: how bees signal to regulate foraging. 2) Honey bee health: effects of pesticides and pathogens on bee behavior and health with a focus on social immunity and communication

Student Responsibilities

12 hrs/wk, two quarter minimum commitment.

Additional Info

Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors welcome.

No prerequisites, but students should be willing to commit at least 12 hours/week to the project. 8/11/2014

Nigam, Sanjay

snigam@ucsd.edu
Research

Research experience opportunity in a medical school laboratory for highly motivated individuals interested in working in the areas of drug and toxin elimination, organ development, tissue engineering and/or medical cell biology.

Student Responsibilities

Committment of at least 15 h required over 3 or more quarters.

Additional Info

Experience in one of the following areas helpful: cell culture and cell culture-based assays, PCR, western blotting, bioinformatics, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, signal transduction or protein sorting, evolutionary sequence analysis

Significant experience in sequence analysis, particularly as it relates to evolution and comparative genomics. 8/11/2014

Nigam, Vishal

vnigam@ucsd.edu
Research

Research focuses on the molecular mechanism involved in cardiac diseases such as aortic valve calcification and congenital heart defects.

Student Responsibilities

Participating in in vitro and in vivo experiments with the goal of having the student involved in the publication of the research.

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology preferred but not required. Prefer at least two quarter commitment. 8/11/2014

Nimmerjahn, Axel

animmerjahn@ucsd.edu
Research

Research area: Neuron-glia interactions in health and disease; research techniques: molecular and cell biology, virology, in vivo imaging, behavioral testing, and computational data analysis

Student Responsibilities

Stereotaxic tracer and viral vector injections, tissue slicing, immunostaining; ~15-20 hrs/week (flexible)

Additional Info

Opportunity to participate in ongoing molecular and cell biology experiments

Experienced in animal handling, stereotaxic injection, immunostaining; ability to work in a team; highly motivated and proactive 8/11/2014

Nizet, Victor

vnizet@ucsd.edu
Research

Our lab interest is in baterial pathogenesis and the innate immune system, with a special focus on human streptococcal infections. We also investigate the contribution of host factors such as antimicrobial peptides and leukocyte surface antigens.

Student Responsibilities

Work under direct supervision of Dr. Nizet and associates on basic bench research projects; techniques include bacterial transformation and mutagenesis, molecular cloning, PCR, human cell culture assays. http://medicine.ucsd.edu/NizetLab

Additional Info

The overall goal of the research is to identify, at the molecular level, bacterial virulence factors responsible for specific stages in the pathogenesis of infection. Positions may be available for 1-2 students; pref. for longer commitments equiv. to 19

Basic sterile lab technique & safety, good theoretical knowledge of molecular and/or microbiology, previous basic research experience an advantage. 8/11/2014

O'Connor, Daniel

doconnor@ucsd.edu
Research

Chromaffin cell biology: studies of mechanisms of catecholamine & neuropeptide co-release by exocytosis in chromaffin cells & sympathetic nerves. Genetic approaches to human hypertension.

Student Responsibilities

10 hrs/ wk. Students will learn how to probe mechanisms of catecholamine & neuropeptide synthesis, vesicular storage, and co-release by exocytosis.

General Biology & Chemistry 8/11/2014

Palenik, Brian

bpalenik@ucsd.edu
Research

Microalgal biochemistry, physiology, and ecology. Nutrient and toxicant stress responses. Bacterial speciation

Student Responsibilities

not specified

Additional Info

May have opening in Fall for 199 to perform SIO pier monitoring using flow cytometry.

Prefer junior or senior 8/11/2014

Pilz, Renate

rpilz@ucsd.edu
Research

Regulation of cell growth and differentiation by cyclic nucleotide-dependent protein kinases

Student Responsibilities

cont'd: functions by cAMP and CGMP. Student Responsibilities:Transfections reporter gene assays; making DNA constructs; protein expression in bacteria and mammalian cells, immunoprecipitations/Western blots and kinase assays.

Additional Info

Transcriptional regulation by the NO/cGMP signal transduction pathway. cGMP dependent protein kinase anchoring proteins. Role of the cyclic nucleotide-dependent protein kinases in hematopoietice cell differentiation. Regulation of Ras, Rap and Rho

Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology courses 8/11/2014

Pogliano, Kit

kpogliano@ucsd.edu
Research

Microbial genetics and cell Biology.

Student Responsibilities

Map and characterize an engulfmant mutant. Upon identification of the engulfment gene, fusion proteins would be constructed to allow localization of the gene product.

Additional Info

A key step in the sporulation pathway of the bacterium Bacillus subtilis is a phagocytosis-like event known as engulfment. Lab will clone and characterize engulfment genes.

Molecular Bio, Microbial Genetics preferred 8/11/2014

Posakony, Jim

jposakony@ucsd.edu
Research

Developmental and evolutionary biology of the fruit fly nervous system. How do signaling pathways and gene regulatory networks define cell fates and assemble a working nervous system? How do these pathways and networks evolve?

Student Responsibilities

10 hrs/wk minimum; prefer 15-20 hrs/wk. Conduct small-scale original research project under the supervision of a friendly graduate student or postdoc. Preference given to two-quarter or longer commitment; summer work strongly encouraged.

Additional Info

Different projects preferentially utilize genetics, mol bio, cell bio and/or biochem. Bioinformatics projects also available for the right candidate.

Curiosity above all; a strong personal desire to figure out how nature works. Eagerness to learn, and willingness to commit time to a challenging but exciting scientific experience. Courses in Genetics and/or Molecular Bio desirable. 8/11/2014

Powell, Frank

fpowell@ucsd.edu
Research

Adaptations to chronic hypoxia and high altitude, expecially respiratory and neural. Respiratory neurobiology and physiology.

Student Responsibilities

Participate in all (or selected) phases of experiments, from human studies to animal husbandry, small animal surgery, physiological data acquisition w/ computers, immunohistochemistry & mol. biology data analysis & statistical testing.

Additional Info

Summer research opportunities in human and animal physiology at the White Mountain Research Station (see www.wmrs.edu) as part of my research program on adaptation to high altitude. http://physiology.ucsd.edu/faculty/fpowell/

Mammalian or Comparative Physiology. May be taken concurrently. 8/11/2014

Printz, Morton

mprintz@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecular pharmacology of angiotensin & bradykinin systems of the heart: genetics and neurophysiological mechanisms of hypertension, stress and sensory processing

Student Responsibilities

not specified

Required: Completed or concurrent biochemistry; prefer also molecular biology, physical biochemistry 8/11/2014

Rana, Tariq

trana@ucsd.edu
Research

(1) Stem cell biology. Differentiation of stem cells to study neurogenesis. (2) Cancer Biology. Studying the role of noncoding RNAs in cancer biology.

Student Responsibilities

At least 15 hours a week, 3 quarter commitment minimum.

Additional Info

Under supervision of a grad student/postdoc student will be exposed to the following: culturing and differentiation of stem cells, iPS generation, RNA and DNA isolation, PCR and gel electrophoresis, transfection, western blot, lab maintenance

Must have a strong desire and commitment to perform scientific research in human disease mechanisms. Must have an understanding of chemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, or physics. 9/17/2014

Raz, Eyal

eraz@ucsd.edu
Research

Basic & applied Immunology such as vaccine design (HIV) and immunemodulation (allergy)

Student Responsibilities

To be tailored per student

Additional Info

Very hard, but fulfilling work. Please think twice before applying.

High motivation & willingness to work one full academic year 8/12/2014

Reed, Sharon

slreed@ucsd.edu
Research

Pathogenesis of parasitic infections caused by Entamoeba histolytica, and Toxoplasma gondii. * See expanded description in Wonder Sheet binder

Student Responsibilities

Commitment of a minimum of 10 hrs/week to have your own project supported by a technician or post-doc.

Additional Info

Specific projects may involve the expression of recombinant proteinases, evaluation of the transcription & translation of proteinases in the parasites & development of new classes of drugs based on structure-based drug design of the proteinases.

Required: Biochemistry, molecular biology. Previous lab experience, including sterile technique & tissue culture is helpful. 8/12/2014

Rifkin, Scott

sarifkin@ucsd.edu
Research

General Topics - Developmental Biology, Systems Biology, Population Genetics & Computational Biology; Specific Topics - Gene Expression Genetics, Molecular Evolution.

Student Responsibilities

Project on molecular evolution of a developmental network in Caenorhabditis worms. Wet lab work would involve worm cultivation, designing primers, PCR. Computational work involves sequence analysis and molecular evolution analysis. Good BS/MS project.

Additional Info

15 hrs/wk minimum, one quarter trial then one year commitment. Expectation of at least one publication and presentation at a conference.

Required: Molecular Biology. GPA 3.5 minimum, Motivated to work in lab setting, Ability to work in teams and independently; Preferred: Genetics, Evolution, Developmental Biology Lab experience, Interest in BS/MS, starting date late 2013/early 2014. 8/12/2014

Rissman, Robert

rrissman@ucsd.edu
Research

Examining mechanisms of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) animal models.

Student Responsibilities

10-20 hrs/week. Commitment of 3 quarters or more preferred.

Additional Info

Students will learn and carry out various lab procedures in molecular biology, tissue culture, mouse genetics, mouse models of AD (surgery and behavioral assays) and histology/immunohistochemistry.

Biology and Chem, familiarity with general lab procedures. Neurobiology, previous lab/animal experience or willingness to handle mice, motivated to work in lab setting. 8/12/2014

Rivera-Nieves, Jesus

jriveranieves@ucsd.edu
Research

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, Crohn's and colitis) Applied immunology, leukocyte traffic, cytokine/chemokine biology

Student Responsibilities

A one-year commitment of 15-20 hrs/week is required.

Additional Info

Students will work in close collaboration with laboratory staff and learn an array of lab techniques (animal husbandry, necropsy) histology, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry.

General Biology/Chemistry Cell Bio/Immunology coursework preferred. Strong interest in research and commitment to a science career. Willingness to work with mice. 8/12/2014

Roy, Kaustuv

kroy@jeeves.ucsd.edu
Research

1) Pleistocene paleoeclogy of marine terraces in Cali., & 2) Sampling intertidal & subtidal marine mollusks & foraminifera in order to quantify their patterns of abundance & distribution

Student Responsibilities

not specified

Additional Info

Collecting, processing and entering data into the computer and help w/ data analysis

Required: EBE courses, familiarity w/ computers Prefer: Basic statistics 8/12/2014

Ryan, Allen

aryan@ucsd.edu
Research

1)dev. of inner ear sensory cells & neurons 2)intracellular pathways responsible for inner ear sensory cell damage & death 3)dev. of adv. cochlear prosthesis 4)role of innate immunity in pathogenesis & recovery during infection of the middle ear.

Student Responsibilities

Participate in experimental design/development. Perform microdissection, microsurgery, cell/tissue culture, histochemistry, image processing and analysis as required.

Additional Info

We use a wide variety of methods from cell and molecular biology through systems biology. 1-2 students accepted at any one time.

Enthusiasm for biology and the desire to generate new knowledge are the most important criteria. Ability to work well with others and enjoyment of being part of a research group are also critical. 8/12/2014

Sahoo, Debashis

dsahoo@ucsd.edu
Research

Bioinformatics and systems biology. Developing computational models to understand human diseases, underlying tissue development and differentiation. Developing high-throughput molecular data analysis programs.

Student Responsibilities

Students will be actively involved in the on-going research projects. Motivation and dedication will be essential.

Courses in Biology and Computer Science. Strong interest in research is essential. 8/29/2014

Saier, Milton

msaier@ucsd.edu
Research

Dry Lab: Bioinformatic analyses of protein sequences with a focus on transport systems. Phylogenetic, topological, evolutionary, functional, 3-d modeling and family/superfamily relationships will be investigated. Wet lab: Molecular Genetics and Biochem

Student Responsibilities

Students must attend the IIPP Health & Safety class, turn in the certificate to Dr. Saier, and fill in the check list before working in either the dry or wet lab.

Additional Info

Students must attend weekly research meetings. Every student will be assigned a research project and a student mentor (both agreed upon mutually). All students start in the dry lab.

Required: 3.2 GPA, 12 hours per week, average for 10 weeks, more than one quarter commitment, enthusiasm. Prefer BS/MS students/long term commitment. 8/12/2014

Schmid-Schoenbein, Geert

gschmid@ucsd.edu
Research

Free radical production, actin polymerization, adhesion molecules, blood cells.

Student Responsibilities

To participate on a project to measure the state of activation after a meal. Student should be willing to carry out the experiment on him/herself.

Additional Info

We are interested in the question of what cellular and molecular mechanisms are invloved in the upregulation of cells (endothelium, leukocytes, platelets, etc.) in the circulation and what are the consequences for cardiovascular disease.

general science courses, physics, chemistry, math, cell biology 8/12/2014

Schroeder, Julian

jischroeder@ucsd.edu
Research

Projects typically include independent research in analyzing mutant and transgenic plants to determine the functions of genes in signal transduction and heavy metal accumulation in plants.

Student Responsibilities

12 hrs/wk minimum. Pursue independent research. Student needs to be in town most of the summer. Undergraduates are fully integrated into lab & have co-authored many publications.

Additional Info

Students are trained in general lab techniques, genetics, molecular biology and microscope and computer imaging techniques.

Intelligent and motivated 8/12/2014

Schulteis, Gery

gschulteis@vapop.ucsd.edu
Research

Neuropharmacological basis of drug addiction, dependence, tolerance, & withdrawl, and the intersection of brain circuits of addiction with those underlying anxiety, mood and stress disorders. Drugs investigated include heroin, morphine & alcohol.

Student Responsibilities

Students are assigned their own project which is performed under supervision. Minimum 2-quarter committment is required.

Additional Info

Student will learn multiple laboratory skills including animal handling, surgery, experimental design, pharmacological techniques, & behavioral methods. 4-6 students/quarter may join the lab any quarter.

Prerequisite: General Biology and Chemistry; Required: minimum 2 quarter commitment required 8/12/2014

Schultz, Sheldon

sschultz@ucsd.edu
Research

Physics of "Left-Handed", i.e. Negative Index of Refraction materials, and development of applications.

Student Responsibilities

n/a

Additional Info

Opportunities for more than one quarter, and potential summer or part time employment.

Junior or senior level courses in physics, experience with computer simulations desirable. 8/12/2014

Shah, Sameer

sbshah@ucsd.edu
Research

Understanding pathways of peripheral nerve injury and neuropathy. Developing strategies for nerve repair. Understanding structure and function of the neuromuscular system, including cytoskeletal dynamics.

Student Responsibilities

Motivated student who can devote 12-15 hours/week. Research project may be independent or under co-mentorship of a graduate student or orthopaedic resident.

Additional Info

Projects may involve: cell culture, immunohisto- or cyto-chemistry, Western blotting, PCR, microscopy, biomechanical analysis.

Basic biological knowledge, interest in imaging or biomechanics preferred. 9/3/2014

Shurin, Jonathan

jshurin@ucsd.edu
Research

Two positions are available to conduct research into best practices and outcomes of combined aquaculture and agriculture at the Solutions Farm in Vista, CA. Solutions Farm is a new facility for organic vegetable farming in association with aquaculture.

Student Responsibilities

Students must furnish their own transportation to and from Solutions Farms in order to conduct their research. Interns must commit to a minimum of 12 hours per week to the research project during the academic year, and to work full time during the summer

Additional Info

Potential research projects include, but are not limited to: -Integrated pest management for aphids and ants -Analysis of annual changes in nutrient and water budgets For more information, contact Jonathan Shurin (jshurin@ucsd.edu)

Interns are expected to commit a minimum of 12 hours per week to the research project during the academic year, and to work full time during the summer if they are awarded the fellowship. Must qualify for the Biology BS/MS program. 8/12/2014

Silverman, Greg

gsilverman@ucsd.edu
Research

Cellular immunology, B cell development, superantigens, structural basis of antibody function

Student Responsibilities

Hands on invlovemnet in all aspects of these studies. Student will gain a working knowledge of basic cloning, immunochemistry, production & characterization of in vitro & in vivo properties of recombinant protein constructs.

Additional Info

Antibody structure and function. In vivo immune responses. These studies relate to mechanisms of autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, and neoplasia. *Students will be selected by interview. Dedication and hard work will be required.

Jr. or Sr. science major w/ Biochem istry & molecular biology required, Immunology training/courses preferred. 8/12/2014

Simmons, Alan

ansimmons@ucsd.edu
Research

State of the art functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain in both normal healthy adolescents and depressed adolescents at UCSD.

Student Responsibilities

10 to 15 hours per week are required Students can participate more hours depending on their level of interest

Additional Info

Students will have the opportunity to participate at all levels of research in the lab such as interviewing teens, MRI scanning, subject recruitment, data management and analysis, and the writing of original research papers for publication.

None. But experience with clinical studies, clinical interviews, neuroimaging, and comfort ability with computers is preferred. 10/10/2014

Smith, Laurie

lgsmith@ucsd.edu
Research

Investigation of mechanisms governing plant cell division and morphogenesis using tools of genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology. Please see http://biology.ucsd.edu/faculty/lsmith.html

Student Responsibilities

Student must be able to work a minimum of 12hrs/wk and participate in lab meetings (unless directly conflicting w/ class schedule) for at least two consecutive quarters.

Additional Info

Projects vary depending on the interests and background of the student, but typically involve some form of genetic anaylysis such as use of molecular techniques to anaylyze genotypes at the DNA level.

Genetics (BICD 100) or equivalent required: Cell Biology (BICD 110), Molcecular Biology (BIMM 100), and Biochemical Techniques (BIBC 103) or another lab class preferred. 8/12/2014

Song, David

dsong@vapop.ucsd.edu
Research

Parkinson's disease (PD) Clinical Research: 1) Understanding Cognitive Decline in PD; 2) Determining factors predicting Quality of Life in PD; 3) Understanding the mechanism of action of Deep Brain Stimulation in PD;

Student Responsibilities

10hrs/week minimum; 2 quarter or more commitment preferred. Weekly lab meetings to review progress and understanding of projects. Attention to detail, independent and self motivated. Must be willing to help with activities unrelated to assigned project.

Additional Info

Increasing responsibilities given with demonstration of abilities and commitment. Strong preference given to students in Faculty Mentor Program or equivalent. Unable to be primary mentor for MS/BS students, can be committee member only.

A prior course and strong interest in neurosciences or psychology. A prior course or knowledge of biostatistics essential for any meaningful work. Able to work independently, unsupervised, and have excellent computer skills. 8/12/2014

Sosinsky, Gina

gsosinsky@ucsd.edu
Research

Developing techniques for imaging gap junctions within cells, electron microscopy * See expanded description in Wonder Sheet binder.

Student Responsibilities

not specified

Additional Info

Undergrad project or lab tasks

Prefer: Structural biochemistry 8/12/2014

Spitzer, Nicholas

nspitzer@ucsd.edu
Research

Developmental neurobiology

Student Responsibilities

Depends on student performance.

Smart, focused, ambitious, driven, highly motivated, eager, energetic. Some background in cell biology or molecular biology. 8/12/2014

Stowers-Anderson, Lisa

lstowersanderson@ucsd.edu
Research

Pheromone-mediated innate behavior in mice (http://www.scripps.edu/stowers/). Techniques include molecular biology, biochemistry, behavior, optogenetics and extracellular electrophysiology in behaving mice.

Student Responsibilities

develop behavioral assays; gather and analyze electrophysiological and video data; dissect, stain, and view brain tissue with fluorescence microscope

Additional Info

Student will be expected to work with other lab members to set up and perform experiments in behaving mice that explore basic questions of how innate behaviors are encoded in the brain

3.0+ GPA; commitment of >10 hr/wk to a project for at least 3 quarters; basic neurobiology knowledge; willingness to handle mice; programming experience preferred 8/12/2014

Subramani, Suresh

ssubramani@ucsd.edu
Research

Maintenance of the steady-state levels of subcellular organelles, such as peroxisomes. Study of genes involved in the assembly and turnover of peroxisomes and their role in human disease. Use of bioinformatics to describe the nature of peroxisomes.

Student Responsibilities

Minimum 15-20 hrs/wk. Must attend weekly lab meetings and present work at these meetings. Work with yeast, protein purification, and cloning.

Additional Info

Motivated student eager to work for more than one quarter.

Molecular and Cell Biology courses, as well as some UCSD lab course. 8/12/2014

Sweeney, Susan

ssweeney@ucsd.edu
Research

Translational research focused on the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Student Responsibilities

10-20 hrs/wk. A commitment of at least two quarters to a year is preferred.

Additional Info

The student should be interested in medicine and the study of human autoimmune disease. The student will learn techniques such as Western blot, PCR, mammalian cell culture, ELISA, kinase assays, and immunoprecipitation.

Interest in medicine and some lab experience preferred. Hard working, intelligent, and motivated students. General Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology. 8/12/2014

Taras, Howard

htaras@ucsd.edu
Research

Public health & school health: this includes community-based studies in things such as outreach for childhood obesity, physical activity, nutrition, oral health (dental), surveys of professionals or parents, neighborhood mapping of resources, etc.

Student Responsibilities

10-20 hrs/wk

Additional Info

Availability of research/ survey positions is quite variable & seasonal.

More positions available for those who speak Spanish 8/12/2014

Taylor, Palmer

pwtaylor@ucsd.edu
Research

Neurotransmission & gene expression in the cholinergic nervous system, molecular basis of specificity of drug action, environmental health sciences, pharmacolgenomics

Student Responsibilities

Various depending on research area.

Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry 8/12/2014

Terkeltaub, Robert

rterkeltaub@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecular & cellular biology of inflammation & skeletal metabolism

Student Responsibilities

15-20 hrs/wk. minimum. Carry out bench research using molecular & biochemical approaches to test specific hypotheses. These will include: the role of phosphodiesterases in arthritis, the role of chemokines in macrophage activation, & the role of mitocho

Microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology 8/12/2014

Thackray, Varykina

vthackray@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecular mechanisms ofmetabolic hormonal regulation in the pituitary important for reproduction using mouse and tissue culture cell models (see repro.ucsd.edu/Faculty/thackray)

Student Responsibilities

At least 12 hours per week in the lab.

Additional Info

Prefer at least 3 quarters or more commitment. Students will work on their own project and will participate in lab meetings. Students encouraged to apply for fellowship awards for summer research.

General Biology and General Chemistry required. Preferred: Molecular Biology, Biochem Techniques 8/12/2014

Troemel, Emily

etroemel@ucsd.edu
Research

Investigating host/pathogen interactions in teh roundworm C. elegans, including extracellular and intracellular pathogens.

Student Responsibilities

15 hours/week

Biochemistry, Chemistry or Cellular & Molecular Biology; some lab experience preferred but not required. Important that student interested in science, will ask questions and are hard-working. Two quarter commitment. 8/12/2014

Tukey, Robert

rtukey@ucsd.edu
Research

Receptor biology or gene regulation

Student Responsibilities

not specified

Additional Info

Enthusiastically seeking students

Required: biochem, cell bio. or mo bio. 8/12/2014

Tuszynski, Mark

mtuszynski@ucsd.edu
Research

Nervous system regeneration in models of spinal cord injury & Alzheimer's disease; gene therapy

Student Responsibilities

15hrs/wk minimum. Research project under the guidance of a post-doc or grad student. Project may involve: moleculary biology, cell culture, animal surgery, animal behavioral testing, histology, immunocytochemistry.

Required: Gen. Chem, Ochem, Biochem, Cell Bio, Genetics, Physics, Calculus. Preferred: Animal Phys., Neuroscience, Mol. Bio. 8/13/2014

Varki, Nissi

nvarki@ucsd.edu
Research

Comparative pathology of Humans and other primates using histochemistry, immunohistochemistry and microscopy, in models of human disease, including cancer and infectious diseases, as well as in mouse phenotype analysis

Student Responsibilities

Review an extensive database of information and charts of pdf files, to deduce information. Assist the staff as specified. Learn histology methods as needed. Will work on particular projects and thus more than 3 quarters of commitment is preferred

Additional Info

Motivated pre-medical student who is able to devote 12- 15 hours per week, preferably during 2-3 consecutive days at a time.

Biology, Chemistry, Physics 8/13/2014

Villarreal, Francisco

fvillarr@ucsd.edu
Research

My research area of focus is the cell biology of the heart during normal & abnormal growth. We focus primarily on the role of the cardiac fibroblast

Student Responsibilities

not specified

Additional Info

Examining the role that growth factors play in regulating cardiac fibroblast function

Required: Biology, chem, mo bio 8/13/2014

Wachsman, William

wwachsman@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecular mechanisms of cancer. Projects focused on: 1. Mechanisms by which human T-cell leukemia virus & HIV cause lymphoma 2. Role of parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) in lymphoma & immune function 3. Molecular characterization of patterns of

Student Responsibilities

10-20 hrs/wk. Duties vary based on background & previous lab experience. Student will have own sub-project within the framework of ongoing projects in the lab. Bioinformatics projects are also possible, but require strong analytical skills w/ programmi

Additional Info

Also, collaborating on bioinformatics projects relating to the microarray studies.

Biology & Genetics; Biochemical & molecular techniques preferred. 8/13/2014

Wagner, Peter

pdwagner@ucsd.edu
Research

Control of growth factors for angiogenesis during muscular exercise

Student Responsibilities

not specified

Required: Mammalian phys, basic mo bio theory and techniques (northerns & other blots) 8/13/2014

Wahl, Geoffrey

wahl@salk.edu
Research

Cell cycle control mediated by the p53 pathway; dev. of novel cancer therapies to selectively activate the p53 pathway; id, isolation and characterization of mammary & other stem cells; reprogramming somatic cells to stem cells.

Student Responsibilities

15-20 hrs/wk. Reliable, dependable, on-time.

Advanced Chem., Bio, Mol.Bio, and relevant lab courses 8/13/2014

Wang, Jean

jywang@ucsd.edu
Research

Cancer Biology & signal transduction

Student Responsibilities

20 hrs/wk minimum. Participation in exciting research projects.

Biochem Techniques, Cell Bio, Genetics, Mol. Bio, Biochem, Structural Biochem. 8/13/2014

Wasserman, Steven

sawasserman@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecular biology, genetics, and bioinformatics. Exploration of signaling pathways common to fruit flies and humans that control embryonic development and innate immune response to pathogens.

Student Responsibilities

Students carry out research projects with Drosophila in conjunction with members of the laboratory group, as well as participate in weekly research meetings. Minimum 20 hrs/wk.

3.3 GPA. Prefer biochemistry or genetics course work, as well as lab course or lab experience, or strong background in computers. 8/13/2014

Webster, Nicholas

nwebster@ucsd.edu
Research

Regulation of pituitary cell function by hypothalamic hormone pulses. Interaction of metabolic signals with hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Regulation of alternative splicing of the insulin receptor gene.

Student Responsibilities

cont'd: splicing of the insulin receptor gene is regulated. Student Responsibilities:To develop a small project in the lab under my supervision. Independence and creativity are encouraged.

Additional Info

We have a number of projects looking at intracellular signaling pathways, particularly how insulin stimulates glucose transporter translocation and how IGF-I protects cells from programmed cell death or apoptosis. We are interested in how alternative RNA

Molecular Biology, Genetics, or Biochemistry 8/13/2014

Whitehead, Mark

mcwhitehead@ucsd.edu
Research

Neroanatomical studies of the brain stem and peripheral taste system. Immunocytochemistry, electron microscopy, neuronal tract tracing.

Student Responsibilities

Participate in small animal surgery, tissue sectioning, processing, microscopial analysis.

Additional Info

Taste bud innervation. Mapping connections in the brain or between sensory ganglia and taste receptor organs in normal, nerve injured or nerve regenerating rodents.

Neuroscience related studies. Physiology, psychology, and biology including nervous system subject matter. 8/13/2014

Wilhelm, Jim

jwilhelm@ucsd.edu
Research

mRNA localization and translational control in Drosophila development and human disease.

Student Responsibilities

20 hrs/wk with a two quarter commitment

Additional Info

Projects vary but typically involve use of Drosophila genetics or biochemistry to address problems in mRNA localization and translational control.

Genetics and Biochemistry lab techniques course. Strong interest in research and willingness to work a minimum of 20 hrs/wk on the research project with a two quarter commitment. 8/13/2014

Wilkinson, Miles

mfwilkinson@ucsd.edu
Research

(1) Stem cell biology. Generation of induced pluripotent stem cells as a model to study neurodevelopmental disorders. (2) Function of how RNA regulation plays a role in brain development.

Student Responsibilities

At least 15 hours a week, 3 quarter commitment minimum.

Additional Info

Students will learn the following experimental approaches: (1) culturing stem cells from human patients, (2) RNA and DNA isolation, (3) PCR and gel electrophoresis, (4) transfection, (5) advanced fluorescence microscopy, (6) laboratory maintenance.

Students with a strong desire to do research pertaining to basic biology and human disease. Courses in biochemistry, genetics, and/or molecular biology are preferred. 9/9/2014

Willert, Karl

kwillert@ucsd.edu
Research

Studying the role of the extracellular environment in stem cell proliferation and differentiation. Wnt signaling in the regulation of stem cell self renewal and differentiation. Model system are human pluripotent stem cells.

Student Responsibilities

20 or more hours/week. Students work with graduate students, post-docs and/or the PI. Participation in lab meetings and journal clubs is encouraged.

General biology. Basic sterile techniques, understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology are desired. Strong interest in science and excitement about research are essential. 8/13/2014

Xu, Yang

yangxu@ucsd.edu
Research

Dissecting signaling pathways

Student Responsibilities

Student will be trained with molecular and biochemical techniques and be responsible for an independent project.

Additional Info

Research focuses on using mouse models to study signaling pathways involved in cellular response to DNA damage as well as immune development and functions. Currently studying the ATM-dependent signaling pathways in response to strand-break damage.

none 8/13/2014

Yanofsky, Martin

myanofsky@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecular & genetic studies of flower & fruit development in the model plant Arabidopsis.

Student Responsibilities

Minimum 15hrs/wk.

Genetics, Molecular Biology 8/13/2014

Yelon, Deborah

dyelon@ucsd.edu
Research

Genetic regulation of organ formation: control of heart size and shape in zebrafish embryo. Mechanisms that direct differentiation of cardiovascular progenitor cells and that drive cell movements and cell chape changes during cardiac morphogenesis.

Student Responsibilities

15-20 hours/week. Carry out an independent sub-project that is linked to the work of grad student or postdoc. Use zebrafish genetics and embryology to determine how alterations in specific gene function affect heart formation.

Additional Info

Learn a variety of strategies for manipulation and detection of gene expression and participate in genetic and pharmacological screens focused on the identification of relevant molecules and pathways.

General Biology coursework required. Genetics and/or Developmental Biology coursework helpful, but not required. 8/13/2014

Yu, Alice

a1yu@ucsd.edu
Research

Tumor suppression genes in childhood cancer.

Student Responsibilities

Learn general lab technique w/ focus in one of the following: molecular biology, immunological techniques, thin layer chromotography. 2 students/quarter may join the lab; 2 quarter committment preferred.

Additional Info

1) Determine the role of p16, p15, p53 tumor suppression genes in leukemia and neuroblastoma: at DNA, RNA, and protein levels. 2) immunotherapy of neuroblastoma using chimeric monoclonal antibody. 3) exploration of new diagnostic test for new syndrome

Biochemistry, Biology, general & organic chemistry; Molecular Biology preferred but not necessary 8/13/2014

Yu, Benjamin

byu@ucsd.edu
Research

Mechanisms of mammalian organ regeneration using embryonic limb and postnatal hair as experimental models. Focus is on adult stem cells and early organizing centers.

Student Responsibilities

Basic developmental biology. In situ hybridization, cloning, embryo culture, molecular biology. Minimum 15 hrs/week, prefer one year commitment or longer.

General biology and basic laboratory experience. 8/13/2014

Yuan, Jason

xiyuan@ucsd.edu
Research

Pulmonary vasular biology, electophysiology of ion channels and regulation of intracellular calcium, pathogenesis of pulmonary hypertension, hypoxic pathophysiology.

Student Responsibilities

10-20 hrs/wk. Cultering human or mammalian cells. Performing RT-PCR, immunocytochemistry, or Western blot experiments. Working on a small research project under the direct supervision of a post-doc fellow or research scientist.

Additional Info

Focused on transcriptional regulation of TRP channels and K+ channels in human and rat pulmonary vascular smooth muscle cells and the potential role of vascular smooth muscle proliferation/apoptosis in the development of primary pulmonary hypertension.

Physiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or Cell Biology courses preferred. 8/13/2014

Yuan, Shauna

shyuan@ucsd.edu
Research

My lab is interested in understanding the pathological mechanisms in Alzheimer's Disease by using patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells as the model system.

Student Responsibilities

Student will perform lab research under supervision, 10-15 hours a week, commitment of 3 or more quarters.

Additional Info

We will be examining factors and cellular defects, which could lead to neuronal dysfunction and death, such as synaptic loss, endosomal dysfunction or mitochondrial dysfunction.

Courses in Biology, Chemistry GPA > 3.5 Prior experience in laboratory research and familiarity in laboratory techniques Motivated to work in a laboratory setting 8/13/2014

Zanetti, Maurizio

mzanetti@ucsd.edu
Research

Immuneregulation, Genetic engineering, In vitro and vivo transgenesis. Genetic manipulation of the immune response and analysis of the immune responses at the cellular level.

Student Responsibilities

Experimental work in the lab and attached functions

Additional Info

Appointments 8:30-6:00

Required: Immunology or Molecular Biology 8/13/2014

Zhang, Dong-er

d7zhang@ucsd.edu
Research

Molecular basis of cancer development and cell differentiation. We use mouse models to examine human diseases (such as leukemia and breast cancer). Approaches include molecular biology, protein biochemistry, bioinformatics, cell culture, & mouse studies.

Student Responsibilities

Minimum 15 hrs/wk and 3 quarter commitment with reliable schedule for lab work.

Additional Info

Students will initially learn how to conduct research by assisting graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Individual research projects, honor thesis, and combined BS/MS degree program may be considered upon having sufficient experimental skills.

Strong interest in hands on experimental research, serious commitment to academic accomplishment. GPA > 3.30. Prior research experience is a plus. Sophomores and above are encouraged to apply. 8/13/2014

Zheng, Binhai

binhai@ucsd.edu
Research

Central nervous system injury and repair, spinal cord regeneration, mouse models, human embryonic stem cells, genetic engineering.

Student Responsibilities

15 hours/week, 3 quarter minimum commitment. Students usually stay until graduation.

Additional Info

Students will work with genetically modified mice, perform DNA preparation, PCR, brain and spinal cord tissue dissection, histology/immunohistochemistry, behavioral assays and aspects of experimental spinal cord injury, or stem cell projects.

Required: chemistry and biology. Preferred: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology 8/13/2014

Zorrilla, Eric

ezorrilla@ucsd.edu
Research

We study the neural substrates of motivated behavior (c.f., addiction, food intake, obesity, stress) using interdisciplinary molecular, biochemical, neuroanatomical, pharmacological, physiological, behavioral and statistical techniques.

Student Responsibilities

Student will be involved in hands-on research (not just washing glassware and making buffers). Dedication, responsibility, and attention to detail are essential.

Additional Info

See http://www.scripps.edu/zorrilla for further info.

Junior or senior majoring in biological, chemical or psychological science; Overall GPA>3.0 and major GPA >3.3; Minimum of 2 consecutive quarters; Minimum >15 hours/week 8/13/2014