Research Opportunities

Research Opportunity Faculty Member Description
MBB 481/2/3, Summer 2020 Dr. Ly Vu Control of hematopoietic stem cell function
NSERC/VPR USRAs, Summer 2020 Dr. Ly Vu Translational regulation in pathogenesis of acute myeloid leukemia
MBB 481/2/3 Dr. Jonathan Choy 15-credit Direct Research opportunities are available in the Choy lab for individuals interested in studying how immune responses contribute to transplant rejection and autoimmune disease. Interested students should e-mail Dr. Choy describing their research interests along with a copy of transcripts and CV.
MBB 481/2/3 Dr. Nancy Hawkins

The Hawkins lab studies the role of asymmetrically localized proteins and the Wnt signaling pathway in asymmetric cell division in C. elegans. We have focused on the protein HAM-1, that is asymmetrically localized at the cell cortex in many dividing cells in the embryo. This protein also has a DNA binding domain and localizes to the nucleus. We proposed that the asymmetric localization at the cell cortex is one mechanism to specifically distribute the protein to one of the two daughter cells during division. The goal is to watch the segregation of HAM-1 in living embryos during cell division. To accomplish this goal, the directed research project will involve generating a plasmid construct that fuses the ham-1 gene to a gene encoding a photoconvertible fluorescent protein (Dendra2). This construct will then be used to generate transgenic C. elegans. A series of experiments will then be undertaken to visualize Dendra2::HAM-1 localization and segregation in transgenic embryos.   

NSERC/VPR USRAs, Summer 2020   Dr. Nancy Hawkins Molecular mechanisms underlying asymmetric cell division
MBB 481/2/3, Summer 2020 Dr. Nancy Hawkins Molecular mechanisms underlying asymmetric cell division
MBB481/2/3, Summer 2020 Dr. Tim Audas Stress-induced amyloid aggregation in mammalian cells. Interested students should e-mail Dr. Audas outlining their research interests along with a copy of transcripts and CV.
MBB498-3, Summer 2020 Dr. Tim Audas Stress-induced amyloid aggregation in mammalian cells. Interested students should e-mail Dr. Audas outlining their research interests along with a copy of transcripts and CV.
MBB491-5, Summer 2020 Dr. Tim Audas Stress-induced amyloid aggregation in mammalian cells. Interested students should e-mail Dr. Audas outlining their research interests along with a copy of transcripts and CV.
MBB481/2/3-15, Summer 2020   Dr. Lynne Quarmby Alpine snow algae microbiome
NSERC USRA/VPR, Summer, Fall 2020 Dr. Lynne Quarmby Alpine snow algae microbiome
Volunteers, ongoing Dr. Lynne Quarmby Alpine snow algae microbiome
MBBB481/2/3, Fall 2020 Dr. Fiona Brinkman
Multiple bioinformatics projects: Antimicrobial gene mobility; Pathogen-associated gene analysis; Data curation and visualization of integrated microbiome, clinical, environmental data.
Volunteers, ongoing Dr. Chris Beh sterile technique and microbial culturing
MBB481/2/3, Fall 2020 Dr. Chris Beh The regulation of membrane contact sites and intracellular transport pathways.
Directed Research, Summer and Fall, 2020 Dr. Peter Unrau RNA aptamer and ribozyme selection and characterization opportunities.