Research Opportunities: summer

Summer Research Projects

Ed Cluett 

  • Mechanisms and pathways of cholesterol transport inside cells
  • Effect of the cholesterol environment on protein function and its relation to diseases: NPC1 and processing of  Amyloid Precursor Protein
  • Lab activities for high school biology classes

David Gondek

  • Host pathogen interactions following chlamydia infection
  • Cell biology of parachlamydia infection in fresh water amoeba

Jean Hardwick 

  • Neurophysiology

Maki Inada  

  • Using a genome-wide microarray-based approach, identify and characterize novel genes regulated by splicing coupled to mRNA decay
  • Identify conserved cis-regulatory sequences important for changes in splicing
  • Examine the role of kinases in gene regulation
  • Study the effects of co-transcriptional recruitment of regulatory factors on gene control

Te-Wen Lo

  • Evolution of Nematode Dosage Compensation Mechanisms

Leann Kanda  ON SABBATICAL – NO OPENINGS until  2016

  • Captive and wild behavior in chipmunks
  • Relationship of social and movement behaviors in dwarf hamsters
  • Animal surveys of South Hill

Peter Melcher  

  • Investigating embolism refilling in the xylem of plants using microprobe technique
  • Understanding how the patterns of leaf venation alters herbivory tolerance
  • Studying the effects of nutrients and drought on plant fitness.

Brooks Miner-- NO OPENINGS until  2016

  • Adaptation to UV radiation exposure in the freshwater crustacean Daphnia (water flea), including:
      - DNA repair kinetics
      - Protection from DNA damage by melanin pigmentation
      - Gene expression in response to UV radiation exposure   
      - Role of gut microflora in adaptation to algal food supply in Brachionus rotifers (“wheel animals”)
      - Ecological consequences of nutrient availability in freshwater (pond) food webs

Andy Smith  

  • Biochemical identification and characterization of the essential components of a unique biological glue
  • Biochemical and mechanical experiments to characterize the mechanism of adhesion and to test hypotheses of how the glue components contribute to performance
  • Histological analysis of the secretory cells that produce the glue

Susan Swensen WItherup

  • Collaborative research on Puerto Rican plants

  • Phylogenetic Reconstruction of plants belonging to the Genus Gurania (Cucurbitaceae)

  • Projects in Sustainability Science

Ian Woods  

  • Analyze the genetic and neuronal basis of arousal and anxiety behaviors in larval zebrafish.
  • Clone a gene expressed in somatosensory neurons.  Inject mRNA encoding the gene to assess its effects on somatosensory development.
  • Generate transgenic fish that inducibly overexpress a gene. Analyze the effects on neural development or behavior. 
  • Generate transgenic fish that express a reporter gene (eg GFP) in a specific neuronal cell type.  Via live imaging, examine the dynamics of this cell type as it develops and connects with the rest of the nervous system.
  • Analyze the phenotype of a mutation in a gene expressed in somatosensory neurons.


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