Division of Biological Sciences

UCSD Biological Sciences Research Opportunities
NOTES:
  • Inclusion on this listing does not imply current/immediate opening. Please contact the faculty member directly for information on possible availability.
  • Inclusion on this listing does not imply approval for a BILD 99, BISP 196 or BISP 199 research project for academic credit. To be considered for academic credit, please review Undergraduate Research for Academic Credit in Biological Sciences
  • If you are a faculty member and would like to be included on this page, please email biousis@ucsd.edu for details.
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Aroian, Raffi
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1. Global health. Finding new cures for intestinal nematode diseases that infect >2 billion people and are the leading neglected tropical diseases. 2. Host-pathogen interactions studying how the immune system protects us against bacterial toxins. Students with a strong desire to learn and sense of commitment to the joys of scientific research are encouraged to apply. Students interested in infectious diseases, global health, developing world, curing poverty and suffering, and bacterial diseases. Students of all years welcome, including freshmen, sophomores.
Student Responsibilities: 15 hrs/wk, 3 quarter commitment minimum. Must be responsible and driven to excellence.
9/3/2013
Baker, Michael
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-3D modeling of proteins involved in steroid hormone action -bioinformatics analysis of protein evolution .
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8/14/2012
Barrett, Kim
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Electrophysiology, biochemistry, epithilia, signal transduction Biochemistry, organic chemistry and lab. Physiology preferred 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).
Student Responsibilities: Will perform experiments.
8/15/2012
Bier, Ethan
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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 None other than strong interest in research and willingness to work a minimum of 20hrs/wk on the research project 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.
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.
8/14/2012
Bigby, Timothy
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Arachidonic acid, leukotrienes, inflammation, gene regulation Biochemistry and molecular biology 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.
Student Responsibilities: Depends on student. Oportunity to learn hands-on molecular techniques including cloning, PCR, plasmid construction, and techniques of promoter analysis.
8/14/2012
Boss, Gerry
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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. General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology
Student Responsibilities: 10-20 hrs/wk. Culturing mammalian cells, generating Northern and Western blots, performing enzyme assays, immunoprecipitating proteins.
8/14/2012
Brown, Joan Heller
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Signal transduction pathways in G-protein receptor mediated cell proliferation & gene expression Required: Biochem, mo bio Preferred: physiology or neurobiology, basic lab skills, i.e. pipetting, weighing, solutions Must make commitment first to graduate students seeking rotations so cannot insure lab availability in advance
Student Responsibilities: not specified
8/14/2012
Burns, Jane
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Epidemiology of Kawasaki disease Interest in medicine/ public health as career choice; Excel database skills. student responsibilities contd: Student will accompany Dr. Burns on evaluation of acute patients. Student will administer and collate data from epidemiological questionnaire.
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.
8/14/2012
Burton, Ronald
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Population genetics and Marine biology At least 1 yr. Biology; students with interests in evolutionary bio and/or molecular bio generally get priority. Projects are usually lab (rather than field) based. Lab is located at Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
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.
8/14/2012
Campana, Wendy
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My lab studies the molecular and cellular response to peripheral nerve injury and how that relates to chronic neuropathic pain states. Required: Gen. Chem, OChem, Biochem, Cell Bio, Genetics, Physics, Calculus. Preferred: Animal Phys., Neuroscience, Mol. Bio.
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.
10/12/2012
Carethers, John
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Colon cancer and DNA mismatch repair; TGFbeta superfamily signaling models. General biology, general chemistry, genetics, physics helpful.
Student Responsibilities: Make buffers, prepare gels, perform PCR reactions, aid in immunohistochemistry, be part of a team.
8/14/2012
Castro, Januario
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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. Biochemistry, Chemistry or Cellular & Molecular Biology; some laboratory experience preferred but not required. A commitment for more than a quarter would be preferred. Students will have direct training in immunology and cell biology techniques.
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.
11/5/2012
Chang, John
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CD4+ and CD8+ T cell immune responses, asymmetric T cell division. For more information please see: http://gastro.ucsd.edu/people/JChang.shtml Coursework in molecular/cellular biology and immunology preferred. Strong interest in immunology required. 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.
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
Chi, Neil
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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 General Biology/Chemistry and basic laboratory experience. 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
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.
8/14/2012
Chisholm, Andrew
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Gentics of development. Cell signaling pathways that regulate neural development and epidermal morphogenesis in C. elegans. Computational analysis of morphogenesis. 3.3 GPA. Genetics and biochemistry coursework preferred. Motivation for wlrk and enthusiasm.
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.
8/14/2012
Choe, Seunghyon (Senyon)
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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. Previous lab experience preferred but not required.
Student Responsibilities: not specified
11/5/2012
Chory, Joanne
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Signal transduction in plants Biochemistry, Genetics, General Chem, and Organic Chem
Student Responsibilities: 15-20 hrs/wk.
8/14/2012
Church, Kellie
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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. Required: General Biology and General Chemistry Preferred: Physiology, Cell Biology and/or Neurobiology 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.
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.
4/9/2014
Cleveland, Don
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Examining mechanisms of motor neuron degeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) 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. Minimum 2 quarters commitment; This is a project relevant to human disease. Much emphasis on molecular mechanisms and mitochondria.
Student Responsibilities: 15 hrs/week minimum, animal handling, genotyping, perfusions, matings, protein electrophoresis, DNA cloning.
8/15/2012
Collins, Eva-maria
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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. 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.
Student Responsibilities: Carry out an independent sub-project that is linked to the work of grad student or postdoc.
2/20/2013
Corey-Bloom, Jody
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Clinical studies involving patients with and at risk for Huntington's disease. 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. Interest in graduate work is recommended.
Student Responsibilities: Minimum 10 hrs/week. Training may require long-term commitment (preferably 1 year or longer).
11/27/2013
Corr, Mary
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Mechanisms of gene vaccination for treatment of autoimmune disorders Required: Successful completion of bio or chem lab course, upper division mo bio Prefer students whose commitment to a project is at least a year
Student Responsibilities: not specified
8/14/2012
Courchesne, Eric
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Neuroanatomcial bases of autism (using structural & functional MRI and 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. Opportunity to work w. either structural MRI, functional MRI, or ERP
Student Responsibilities: 10-20 hrs/wk Learning anatomy for neuroanatomic measure; Use of computer software to calculate & analyze data, & data management.
8/14/2012
Crotty Alexander, Laura
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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. Skills that would be an asset: pipetting, sterile technique, tissue culture, PCR, ELISA, western blot, and bacterial culture. Motivated, responsible, reliable students only please! We may take one student in the next 2mo, & another in the summer. 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.
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.
3/17/2014
Doherty, Taylor
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Innate immune responses in asthma models. Identification and targeting of novel mediators of the airway inflammatory response to allergens that trigger asthma. 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. Minimum 1 year, overall 20 hours/week
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.
9/19/2013
Doolittle, Russell
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Studies on protein evolution Biochemistry, physics; computer background desirable
Student Responsibilities: not specified
8/14/2012
Dueck, Ron
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Cardiovascular: Perioperative heart failure. Respiratory: Expiratory flow limitation. Biology majors; computer proficiency.
Student Responsibilities: Non-specified
Estelle, Mark
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Genetic and molecular studies of hormone action in Arabidopsis. Hormonal regulation of plant growth and development. Genetics and Molecular Biology
Student Responsibilities: Minimum 15 hrs/week
8/14/2012
Felbeck, Horst
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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 Lab experience, background in biochemistry, phsyiology or molecular biology 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.
Student Responsibilities: Varies depending on your background. We can talk about your wishes and our needs when you contact me.
8/14/2012
Firtel, Richard (Rick)
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Please see web page: http://glamdring.ucsd.edu/~firtel Molecular Biology, some lab course or lab experience. Molecular genetics of signal transduction and gene expression. Would be expected to work on an independent project after one-half to one quarter.
Student Responsibilities: Depends upon level. Most students have direct participation in the project or have their own project.
8/14/2012
French, Kathleen
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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. Physiology and/or embryology preferred, especially of the nervous system. Stong interest in neurophysiology required.
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.
11/5/2012
Friedmann, Theodore
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Gene therapy, virus assembly, gene transfer methodology, stem cells biology and differentiation. Chemistry, genetics, bio lab (sterile technique, etc)
Student Responsibilities: To be arranged.
8/14/2012
Ganiats, Ted
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Outcomes research, including quality of life, cost-effectiveness, and psychological aspects of decision making. None NOTE: MAY NOT QUALIFY AS A BISP 199.
Student Responsibilities: Negotiable depending on project. Literature reading & library searches, collecting data from patients, working with data entry & analysis on computer.
8/14/2012
Ghosh, Pradipta
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please visit Lab Weblink: http://ghoshlab.ucsd.edu/ 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. 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.
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.
9/26/2013
Gillin, Frances
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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 Understanding & preferably lab experience in cell/molecular biology, biochemistry. Willing to work in lab for more than one quarter. 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
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.
8/14/2012
Groisman, Alexander
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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 1. Basic microbiology lab skills. 2. Interest in novel bio-instrumentation and bio-techniques. 3. Basic knowledge of mechanics and chemistry. 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.
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.
4/8/2013
Haas, Richard
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Mitochondrial biochemistry & molecular biology Required: Biochemistry Prefer: Biochem lab
Student Responsibilities: not specified
8/14/2012
Halpain, Shelley
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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. General biology and chemistry. 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.
Student Responsibilities: 8 hours minimum per week; twelve during the academic quarter if enrolled for course credit. Minimum 2 quarter commitment is preferred.
8/14/2012
Hao, Nan
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Our laboratory aims at obtaining a quantitative and predictive understanding of how complex biological systems operate and function. 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. 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.
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10/3/2013
Hastings, Randolph
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Investigating the expression, effects & mechanism of effects of PTHrP in cultured type II cells * See expanded description in Wonder Sheet binder. Required: Undergrad courses in cell bio, biochem or mo bio and chem 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.
Student Responsibilities: Cultured cell growth or differentation
8/14/2012
Hedrick, Stephen
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Immunology/T cell development/Gene Expression Molecular Biology, biochemical techniques, immunology Various aspects of differentiation and death associated with T lymphocyte development. Signaling pathways, receptor-ligand interactions, gene expression, mechanisms of apoptosis.
Student Responsibilities: Help in a project carried out by a graduate student or postdoc.
8/14/2012
Hnasko, Thomas
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Neuroscience: Molecular & genetic approaches to parse the neural circuits that mediate motivated behavior, reward, and addiction. http://hnaskolab.ucsd.edu/ Neuroscience, psychology, and/or molecular biology related coursework & 3+ quarter commitment required. Must be highly motivated with strong interest in basic neuroscience research. 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.
Student Responsibilities: 12+ hrs/week. Must be willing and able to work with rodent experimental subjects.
6/26/2012
Hoffman, Harold (Hal)
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Molecular basis of familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome, an autosomal dominant inflammatory disorder in humans. Genetics Student will learn from and work directly w/me. A commiment of at least 2 quarters preferred.
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.
8/15/2012
Holway, David
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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. 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. Projects often involve ant-related research and range from highly controlled, lab-based studies to work that is primarily field oriented.
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.
8/15/2012
Hong, Suzi
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Bidirectional interactions between the immune and neuroendocrine systems as they pertain to human diseases. Stress biology. Basic biology and/or cell biology, basic laboratory techniques, human physiology and interests in psychology are preferred but not required BISP199 positions have been filled for Summer and Fall, 2012.
Student Responsibilities: 12-20 hrs/week, assisting with laboratory assays, ongoing clinical studies, and data entering & analysis, independent research projects as appropriate
8/15/2012
Insel, Paul
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G-protein-coupled receptor signalling, signal transduction, adrenergic receptors, nucleotide receptors, cyclic AMP, adenylyl cyclases, apoptosis, compartmentation of signalling molecules. Prefer coursework in Biochemistry (ideally Biochemical Techniques), organic chemistry, cell and molecular biology, and if possible, in mammalian physiology 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
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.
8/15/2012
Jamora, Colin
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Cell and molecular biology of organ formation and regeneration/repair in mammals. Required: General biology; general chemistry; organic chemistry. Preferred: Cell biology; molecular biology
Student Responsibilities: Research projects working with graduate students or postdoctoral fellows. Students attend and present at weekly lab meetings. Minimum 20 hrs/wk. Prefer one year commitment or longer.
8/15/2012
Jin, Xin
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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. 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. Strong understanding of chemistry and neurobiology
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.
11/25/2013
Jin, Yishi
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Molecular control of neuronal development and regeneration in C. elegans. General biology; strong motivation; highly responsible; and willingness to work hard as required; average GPA 3.3 Students will carry out experiements using molecular genetics methodologies in C. elegans and will work with a team of researchers.
Student Responsibilities: Minimum 15 hrs/week
8/15/2012
Joiner, William
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1) Molecular mechanisms & neural circuitry that control sleep in Drosophila. 2) Identify & characterize modulators of ion channels & receptors of pharmacological interest in mice. Required: General Biology or AP equivalent. Preferred: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. 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.
Student Responsibilities: 15 hrs/wk minimum and 3 quarter commitment. Ability to carry out an independent project after initial training with a postdoc.
12/16/2013
Kadonaga, James
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Regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes (mainly Drosophila). Use biochemistry & molecular biology to analyze chromatin structure & transcription by RNA polymerase II. n/a
Student Responsibilities: Depends on experience of student. Prefer 1 year commitment or longer.
8/15/2012
Kagnoff, Martin
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Epithelial cell gene expression, regulation of the inflammatory response, host microbial pathogenesis. Introductory Biology, Advanced Biology, Molecular Biology, Chemistry Students use in vitro and in vivo model systems, a variety of molecular biologic methods, cell culture, immunhistochemistry & immunologic methods.
Student Responsibilities: Independently conduct or assist in conducting experiments using molecular, immunologic cell biolgic approaches.
8/15/2012
Karin, Michael
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8/15/2012
Kauffman, Alexander
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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. Required: General Biology and General Chemistry Preferred: Physiology, Cell Biology and/or Neurobiology 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.
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.
8/15/2012
Kelner, Michael
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Molecular Toxicology: cloning antioxidant enzymes & their genes Required: BILD 1,2,3 and Chem 6A,B,C; don't need lab experience 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)
Student Responsibilities: not specified
8/15/2012
Kelsoe, John
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Molecular genetics of manic-depressive illness Required: O-Chem, mo bio, some practical mo bio lab experience Please contact Pat Bergesch in lieu Dr. Kelsoe for information
Student Responsibilities: not specified
8/15/2012
Kipps, Thomas
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Molecular immunology, tumor biology, gene therapy 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. Students will learn to use in vitro and in vivo model systems, cell culture, immunofluorescence, & flow cytometry.
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.
11/5/2012
Kohn, Joshua
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1) Evolutionary genetics of self-recognition in plants 2) Hummingbird pollination of bush monkeyflower None. Some background in organismal bio (at least BILD3) preferred. Some projects require molecular biology background. Students wanted for: 1. Cloning and sequencing of self incompatibility alleles. 2. Field and lab data gathering and analysi
Student Responsibilities: Varies w/ student
8/15/2012
Komiyama, Takaki
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Neuroscience of learning, sensorimotor transformation and behavior. More detail can be found at http://labs.biology.ucsd.edu/komiyama/ As much neurobiology as possible. Lab coursework preferred. Strong interest in research and ability to work independently. Must be willing to work with mice. To Apply: Send CV and unofficial transcript to tkomiyama@ucsd.edu
Student Responsibilities: Minimum 12 hrs/wk, 5 days/wk. Preference given to longer commitment. Attend weekly lab meetings.
3/15/2014
Koo, Edward
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Cell and Molecular neurobiology of Alzheimer's disease and neurodegeneration. Basic biology, laboratory course, and one higher level biology or chemistry.
Student Responsibilities: TBA
8/15/2012
Koob, George
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Neurobiology and neuropsychopharmacology of drugs of abuse, stress and feeding. Any one of the following: Psych 179, 181 or 188. Minimum 2 consecutive quarter commitment. 10hrs/wk. Hours are flexible.
Student Responsibilities: Assisting with behavioral experiements; handling rats and/or mice.
8/15/2012
Kristan, Bill
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Neurobiology: Electrophysiology, anatomy, imaging, computational modeling, development of the nervous system & behavior. As much neurobiology as possible. Lab coursework preferred. Preference will be given to students with a high GPA, lab expereience, & enthusiasm for research.
Student Responsibilities: 12 hrs/ wk minimum, 16 hrs/wk preferred. Specific responsbilities depend upon the project.
8/15/2012
Lauberth, Shannon
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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. Must have an understanding of biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related field and must have a strong commitment to scientific research.
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.
9/10/2013
Lee, Kuo
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Neural development and function none
Student Responsibilities: Take part in projects with a postdoc.
8/15/2012
Leutgeb, Jill
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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 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. Must be willing to work with vertebrate animals.
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.
8/15/2012
Leutgeb, Stefan
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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 General biology. Physiology preferred. Strong interest in research and ability to work independently. Must be willing to work with vertebrate animals.
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.
8/15/2012
Levin, Lisa
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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. General Biology, familiarity with use of a binorcular microscope. 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.
Student Responsibilities: 12-15 hrs/wk.
8/15/2012
Li, Willis
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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. Students with a strong desire to learn and a strong interest in scientific research are encouraged to apply.
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.
8/15/2012
Lieber, Rick
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Skeletal muscle physiology Basic biological knowledge; basic mechanics knowledge. http://muscle.ucsd.edu
Student Responsibilities: 12-15 hrs/wk as lab assistant. Assist in basic lab procedures, buffers, gels.
8/15/2012
Lin, Jonathan
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Protein misfolding in desease and development. For more information, please visit www.linlab.ucsd.edu Biology, Chemistry, Computer literacy, Laboratory procedures
Student Responsibilities: TBD based on student background and availability
8/15/2012
Lin, Shuh-Yow
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Sensory transmission of auditory/vestibular receptors and neurons. Neurobiology of hearing loss and tinnitus. Techniques including molecular methods, cellular and live animal imaging, electophysiology. Biology. Students with cell biology or biochemistry or physiology course work preferred. Opportunity to learn hands-on molecular, cellular and physiological techniques. Take part of projects after training. Must be willing to work with vertebrate animals.
Student Responsibilities: 10-20 hrs/wk
Loomis, William
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Molecular genetics & bioinformatics of developmental processes Molecular Biology
Student Responsibilities: Develop research skills. Minimum of 3 quarter commitment required.
8/15/2012
Mahata, Sushil
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Neurobiology of chromaffin cells and sympathochromaffin gene targeting including BAC haplotype replacement. Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Students will learn sympathochromaffin cell culture, catecholamine release assay, transfection, luciferase reporter assay, and signaling to catecholamine release and catecholamine storage vesicle gene transcription.
Student Responsibilities: 10-15 hrs/wk preferabley for 2 quarters.
8/15/2012
Maisel, Alan
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1) Interaction between sympathetic nervous system & immune system 2) congestive heart failure Required: Biology or immunology lab experience; pre-med preferable Do not always have availability. Student MUST work 2 quarters (not 1). 1-2 students may join the lab beginning fall.
Student Responsibilities: Help plan and carry out research.
8/15/2012
Mandyam, Chitra
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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 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 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
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.
8/15/2012
Masliah, Eliezer
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Neurobiology of Alzheimer's Disease Required: Biology and chem, familiarity w/ genral lab procedures
Student Responsibilities: not specified
8/15/2012
McCarthy, Michael
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Circadian Clocks in Psychiatric Disorders (Bipolar, Depression, Alcoholism) 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. Experience with sterile cell culture, and PCR highly desirable. Min 10hr / week. 1 yr commitment preferred. Must qualify for VA WOC appointment.
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.
5/15/2013
McGinnis, William
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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. BICD 100 (Genetics), and either Recombinant DNA lab (BIMM 101), or Biochemical Techniques lab (BIBC 103), or previous lab experience
Student Responsibilities: Approximately 10 hrs/wk. Basic genetic & molecular biology experiments.
8/15/2012
Mellon, Pamela
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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. Chemistry lab. Preferred: Biochem Techniques 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.
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.
8/28/2013
Mitchell, Greg
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Oceanographic research on phytoplankton and marine photosynthesis. Satellite applications to the study of phytoplankton ecology at regional and global scales. Intr biology, intro chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, calculus, strong computer skills preferred (Unix or PC-Windows) 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.
Student Responsibilities: Culture phytoplankton, conduct experiments, laboratory analyses, summarize results via reports including graphics, data tables, and writing.
11/5/2012
Natale, David
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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. Required: Chemistry Lab Preferred: Biochemistry techniques 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.
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.
1/10/2014
Newton, Alexandra
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Biochemistry of signal transduction Required: O-Chem lab
Student Responsibilities: 10hrs/wk. Student will learn biochemical techniques; will assist graduate student or postdoc in their project.
8/15/2012
Nieh, James
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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 No prerequisites, but students should be willing to commit at least 12 hours/week to the project. Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors welcome.
Student Responsibilities: 12 hrs/wk, two quarter minimum commitment.
12/10/2013
Nigam, Sanjay
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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. Significant experience in sequence analysis, particularly as it relates to evolution and comparative genomics. 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
Student Responsibilities: Committment of at least 15 h required over 3 or more quarters.
1/7/2013
Nigam, Vishal
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Research focuses on the molecular mechanism involved in cardiac diseases such as aortic valve calcification and congenital heart defects. Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology preferred but not required. Prefer at least two quarter commitment.
Student Responsibilities: Participating in in vitro and in vivo experiments with the goal of having the student involved in the publication of the research.
8/15/2012
Nimmerjahn, Axel
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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 Experienced in animal handling, stereotaxic injection, immunostaining; ability to work in a team; highly motivated and proactive Opportunity to participate in ongoing molecular and cell biology experiments
Student Responsibilities: Stereotaxic tracer and viral vector injections, tissue slicing, immunostaining; ~15-20 hrs/week (flexible)
4/13/2014
Nizet, Victor
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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. Basic sterile lab technique & safety, good theoretical knowledge of molecular and/or microbiology, previous basic research experience an advantage. 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
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
8/15/2012
O'Connor, Daniel
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Chromaffin cell biology: studies of mechanisms of catecholamine & neuropeptide co-release by exocytosis in chromaffin cells & sympathetic nerves. Genetic approaches to human hypertension. General Biology & Chemistry
Student Responsibilities: 10 hrs/ wk. Students will learn how to probe mechanisms of catecholamine & neuropeptide synthesis, vesicular storage, and co-release by exocytosis.
8/15/2012
Palenik, Brian
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Microalgal biochemistry, physiology, and ecology. Nutrient and toxicant stress responses. Bacterial speciation Prefer junior or senior May have opening in Fall for 199 to perform SIO pier monitoring using flow cytometry.
Student Responsibilities: not specified
8/15/2012
Pilz, Renate
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Regulation of cell growth and differentiation by cyclic nucleotide-dependent protein kinases Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology courses 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
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.
8/15/2012
Pogliano, Kit
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Microbial genetics and cell Biology. Molecular Bio, Microbial Genetics preferred 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.
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.
8/15/2012
Posakony, Jim
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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? 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. Different projects preferentially utilize genetics, mol bio, cell bio and/or biochem. Bioinformatics projects also available for the right candidate.
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.
8/15/2012
Powell, Frank
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Adaptations to chronic hypoxia and high altitude, expecially respiratory and neural. Respiratory neurobiology and physiology. Mammalian or Comparative Physiology. May be taken concurrently. 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/
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.
8/15/2012
Printz, Morton
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Molecular pharmacology of angiotensin & bradykinin systems of the heart: genetics and neurophysiological mechanisms of hypertension, stress and sensory processing Required: Completed or concurrent biochemistry; prefer also molecular biology, physical biochemistry
Student Responsibilities: not specified
8/15/2012
Raz, Eyal
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Basic & applied Immunology such as vaccine design (HIV) and immunemodulation (allergy) High motivation & willingness to work one full academic year Very hard, but fulfilling work. Please think twice before applying.
Student Responsibilities: To be tailored per student
8/15/2012
Reed, Sharon
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Pathogenesis of parasitic infections caused by Entamoeba histolytica, and Toxoplasma gondii. * See expanded description in Wonder Sheet binder Required: Biochemistry, molecular biology. Previous lab experience, including sterile technique & tissue culture is helpful. 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.
Student Responsibilities: Commitment of a minimum of 10 hrs/week to have your own project supported by a technician or post-doc.
8/15/2012
Rifkin, Scott
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General Topics - Developmental Biology, Systems Biology, Population Genetics & Computational Biology; Specific Topics - Gene Expression Genetics, Molecular Evolution. 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. 15 hrs/wk minimum, one quarter trial then one year commitment. Expectation of at least one publication and presentation at a conference.
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.
11/20/2013
Rissman, Robert
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Examining mechanisms of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) animal models. Biology and Chem, familiarity with general lab procedures. Neurobiology, previous lab/animal experience or willingness to handle mice, motivated to work in lab setting. 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.
Student Responsibilities: 10-20 hrs/week. Commitment of 3 quarters or more preferred.
8/15/2012
Rivera-Nieves, Jesus
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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, Crohn's and colitis) Applied immunology, leukocyte traffic, cytokine/chemokine biology General Biology/Chemistry Cell Bio/Immunology coursework preferred. Strong interest in research and commitment to a science career. Willingness to work with mice. Students will work in close collaboration with laboratory staff and learn an array of lab techniques (animal husbandry, necropsy) histology, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry.
Student Responsibilities: A one-year commitment of 15-20 hrs/week is required.
3/25/2013
Roy, Kaustuv
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1) Pleistocene paleoeclogy of marine terraces in Cali., & 2) Sampling intertidal & subtidal marine mollusks & foraminifera in order to quantify their patterns of abundance & distribution Required: EBE courses, familiarity w/ computers Prefer: Basic statistics Collecting, processing and entering data into the computer and help w/ data analysis
Student Responsibilities: not specified
8/15/2012
Ryan, Allen
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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. 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. We use a wide variety of methods from cell and molecular biology through systems biology. 1-2 students accepted at any one time.
Student Responsibilities: Participate in experimental design/development. Perform microdissection, microsurgery, cell/tissue culture, histochemistry, image processing and analysis as required.
8/15/2012
Saier, Milton
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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 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. 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.
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.
8/15/2012
Schmid-Schoenbein, Geert
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Free radical production, actin polymerization, adhesion molecules, blood cells. general science courses, physics, chemistry, math, cell biology 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.
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.
8/15/2012
Schroeder, Julian
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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. Intelligent and motivated Students are trained in general lab techniques, genetics, molecular biology and microscope and computer imaging techniques.
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.
8/15/2012
Schulteis, Gery
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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. Prerequisite: General Biology and Chemistry; Required: minimum 2 quarter commitment required 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.
Student Responsibilities: Students are assigned their own project which is performed under supervision. Minimum 2-quarter committment is required.
8/15/2012
Schultz, Sheldon
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Physics of "Left-Handed", i.e. Negative Index of Refraction materials, and development of applications. Junior or senior level courses in physics, experience with computer simulations desirable. Opportunities for more than one quarter, and potential summer or part time employment.
Student Responsibilities: n/a
8/16/2012
Shurin, Jonathan
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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. 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. 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)
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
11/5/2012
Sigurdson, Christina
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12/5/2012
Silverman, Greg
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Cellular immunology, B cell development, superantigens, structural basis of antibody function Jr. or Sr. science major w/ Biochem istry & molecular biology required, Immunology training/courses preferred. 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.
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.
11/5/2012
Smith, Laurie
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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 Genetics (BICD 100) or equivalent required: Cell Biology (BICD 110), Molcecular Biology (BIMM 100), and Biochemical Techniques (BIBC 103) or another lab class preferred. 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.
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.
8/16/2012
Song, David
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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; 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. 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.
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.
8/16/2012
Sosinsky, Gina
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Developing techniques for imaging gap junctions within cells, electron microscopy * See expanded description in Wonder Sheet binder. Prefer: Structural biochemistry Undergrad project or lab tasks
Student Responsibilities: not specified
8/16/2012
Spitzer, Nicholas
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Developmental neurobiology Smart, focused, ambitious, driven, highly motivated, eager, energetic. Some background in cell biology or molecular biology.
Student Responsibilities: Depends on student performance.
8/16/2012
Stowers-Anderson, Lisa
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Pheromone-mediated innate behavior in mice (http://www.scripps.edu/stowers/). Techniques include molecular biology, biochemistry, behavior, optogenetics and extracellular electrophysiology in behaving mice. 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 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
Student Responsibilities: develop behavioral assays; gather and analyze electrophysiological and video data; dissect, stain, and view brain tissue with fluorescence microscope
1/7/2014
Subramani, Suresh
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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. Molecular and Cell Biology courses, as well as some UCSD lab course. Motivated student eager to work for more than one quarter.
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.
8/16/2012
Suel, Gurol
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11/8/2013
Sweeney, Susan
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Translational research focused on the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Interest in medicine and some lab experience preferred. Hard working, intelligent, and motivated students. General Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology. 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.
Student Responsibilities: 10-20 hrs/wk. A commitment of at least two quarters to a year is preferred.
8/16/2012
Taras, Howard
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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. More positions available for those who speak Spanish Availability of research/ survey positions is quite variable & seasonal.
Student Responsibilities: 10-20 hrs/wk
8/16/2012
Taylor, Palmer
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Neurotransmission & gene expression in the cholinergic nervous system, molecular basis of specificity of drug action, environmental health sciences, pharmacolgenomics Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry
Student Responsibilities: Various depending on research area.
8/16/2012
Terkeltaub, Robert
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Molecular & cellular biology of inflammation & skeletal metabolism Microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology
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
8/16/2012
Thackray, Varykina
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Molecular mechanisms ofmetabolic hormonal regulation in the pituitary important for reproduction using mouse and tissue culture cell models (see repro.ucsd.edu/Faculty/thackray) General Biology and General Chemistry required. Preferred: Molecular Biology, Biochem Techniques 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.
Student Responsibilities: At least 12 hours per week in the lab.
11/9/2012
Troemel, Emily
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Investigating host/pathogen interactions in teh roundworm C. elegans, including extracellular and intracellular pathogens. 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.
Student Responsibilities: 15 hours/week
8/16/2012
Tukey, Robert
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Receptor biology or gene regulation Required: biochem, cell bio. or mo bio. Enthusiastically seeking students
Student Responsibilities: not specified
8/16/2012
Tuszynski, Mark
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Nervous system regeneration in models of spinal cord injury & Alzheimer's disease; gene therapy Required: Gen. Chem, Ochem, Biochem, Cell Bio, Genetics, Physics, Calculus. Preferred: Animal Phys., Neuroscience, Mol. Bio.
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.
8/16/2012
Varki, Nissi
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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 Biology, Chemistry, Physics Motivated pre-medical student who is able to devote 12- 15 hours per week, preferably during 2-3 consecutive days at a time.
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
7/29/2013
Villarreal, Francisco
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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 Required: Biology, chem, mo bio Examining the role that growth factors play in regulating cardiac fibroblast function
Student Responsibilities: not specified
8/16/2012
Wachsman, William
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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 Biology & Genetics; Biochemical & molecular techniques preferred. Also, collaborating on bioinformatics projects relating to the microarray studies.
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
8/16/2012
Wagner, Peter
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Control of growth factors for angiogenesis during muscular exercise Required: Mammalian phys, basic mo bio theory and techniques (northerns & other blots)
Student Responsibilities: not specified
8/16/2012
Wahl, Geoffrey
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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. Advanced Chem., Bio, Mol.Bio, and relevant lab courses
Student Responsibilities: 15-20 hrs/wk. Reliable, dependable, on-time.
8/16/2012
Wang, Jean
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Cancer Biology & signal transduction Biochem Techniques, Cell Bio, Genetics, Mol. Bio, Biochem, Structural Biochem.
Student Responsibilities: 20 hrs/wk minimum. Participation in exciting research projects.
8/16/2012
Wasserman, Steven
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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. 3.3 GPA. Prefer biochemistry or genetics course work, as well as lab course or lab experience, or strong background in computers.
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.
8/16/2012
Webster, Nicholas
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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. Molecular Biology, Genetics, or Biochemistry 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
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.
8/16/2012
Whitehead, Mark
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Neroanatomical studies of the brain stem and peripheral taste system. Immunocytochemistry, electron microscopy, neuronal tract tracing. Neuroscience related studies. Physiology, psychology, and biology including nervous system subject matter. Taste bud innervation. Mapping connections in the brain or between sensory ganglia and taste receptor organs in normal, nerve injured or nerve regenerating rodents.
Student Responsibilities: Participate in small animal surgery, tissue sectioning, processing, microscopial analysis.
8/16/2012
Wilhelm, Jim
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mRNA localization and translational control in Drosophila development and human disease. 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. Projects vary but typically involve use of Drosophila genetics or biochemistry to address problems in mRNA localization and translational control.
Student Responsibilities: 20 hrs/wk with a two quarter commitment
8/16/2012
Wilkinson, Miles
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(1) Mouse genetics. Generation of conditional knockout mice using the cre/loxP system. (2) Function of Rhox transcription factors in retrotransposition events in germ cells. Directly relevant to male fertility. 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. Students will learn these experiments, (1) mouse breeding, weaning, tagging, genomic DNA isolation, PCR, gel electrophoresis (2) animal cell culture, transfection, reporter assay, RNA isolation, qRT-PCR analysis, immunohistochemistry
Student Responsibilities: At least 15 hrs/wk, 3 quarter commitment minimum.
3/21/2014
Willert, Karl
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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. General biology. Basic sterile techniques, understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology are desired. Strong interest in science and excitement about research are essential.
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.
8/16/2012
Woodruff, David
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Conservation genetics, evolution of animal species Prof. favors graduate school bound EBE majors or those with strong lab skills in DNA sequencing. 2+ quarter commitment is typical. Admission is highly competitive. Specific research opportunities are developed on an individual need basis and some previous research projects are described on the webpage. http://www.biology.ucsd.edu/faculty/woodruff.html Walk-in or set up an appointment by email.
Student Responsibilities: Mentored learning by doing - active participation in a 10-person lab group's on-going research. Student research opportunities are developed on an individual need basis and either involve assisting a postgraduate mol. gen. researcher or working independen
8/16/2012
Xu, Yang
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Dissecting signaling pathways none 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.
Student Responsibilities: Student will be trained with molecular and biochemical techniques and be responsible for an independent project.
8/16/2012
Yang, Tony
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Dr. Tony Yang (PI) currently has a 5 year R01 grant from NIMH to use functional MRI to study the brain in both healthy and depressed adolescents. minimum GPA = 3.30. No prerequisite course work needed. However, interest in the brain and familiarity with the UNIX/LINUX operating system will be very helpful. For particularly motivated students, there exists the possibility of co-authorship on both scientific abstracts and original research publications. For students that do well, I will also provide a letter of recommendation for graduate and medical school.
Student Responsibilities: Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate in numerous interesting aspects of research including: (1) interviewing healthy and depressed adolescents; (2) administering neuropsychological tests to healthy and depressed adolescents;
8/16/2012
Yanofsky, Martin
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Molecular & genetic studies of flower & fruit development in the model plant Arabidopsis. Genetics, Molecular Biology
Student Responsibilities: Minimum 15hrs/wk.
8/16/2012
Yelon, Deborah
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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. General Biology coursework required. Genetics and/or Developmental Biology coursework helpful, but not required. 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.
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.
8/16/2012
Yu, Alice
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Tumor suppression genes in childhood cancer. Biochemistry, Biology, general & organic chemistry; Molecular Biology preferred but not necessary 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
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.
8/16/2012
Yu, Benjamin
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Mechanisms of mammalian organ regeneration using embryonic limb and postnatal hair as experimental models. Focus is on adult stem cells and early organizing centers. General biology and basic laboratory experience.
Student Responsibilities: Basic developmental biology. In situ hybridization, cloning, embryo culture, molecular biology. Minimum 15 hrs/week, prefer one year commitment or longer.
8/16/2012
Yuan, Jason
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Pulmonary vasular biology, electophysiology of ion channels and regulation of intracellular calcium, pathogenesis of pulmonary hypertension, hypoxic pathophysiology. Physiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or Cell Biology courses preferred. 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.
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.
Yuan, Shauna
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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. Courses in Biology, Chemistry GPA > 3.5 Prior experience in laboratory research and familiarity in laboratory techniques Motivated to work in a laboratory setting 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.
Student Responsibilities: Student will perform lab research under supervision, 10-15 hours a week, commitment of 3 or more quarters.
8/16/2012
Zanetti, Maurizio
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Immuneregulation, Genetic engineering, In vitro and vivo transgenesis. Genetic manipulation of the immune response and analysis of the immune responses at the cellular level. Required: Immunology or Molecular Biology Appointments 8:30-6:00
Student Responsibilities: Experimental work in the lab and attached functions
8/16/2012
Zhang, Dong-er
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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. 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. 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.
Student Responsibilities: Minimum 15 hrs/wk and 3 quarter commitment with reliable schedule for lab work.
9/9/2012
Zheng, Binhai
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Central nervous system injury and repair, spinal cord regeneration, mouse models, human embryonic stem cells, genetic engineering. Required: chemistry and biology. Preferred: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology 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.
Student Responsibilities: 15 hours/week, 3 quarter minimum commitment. Students usually stay until graduation.
8/16/2012
Zorrilla, Eric
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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. 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 See http://www.scripps.edu/zorrilla for further info.
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.
8/16/2012