Developmental Biology of Mosquitoes and Flies

close up photo of a fly.

Seeking students to characterize gene expression patterns in mosquito embryos, regulatory sequences in transgenic fly and mosquito models, and explore the function of regulatory elements through mutagenesis.

Project is Not Currently Available

The project mentor is no longer accepting student inquires, because this project is currently at full capacity. 

Project description

Our laboratory is investigating the developmental biology of flies and mosquitoes with particular emphasis on how genes are regulated and on how regulatory mechanisms evolve. We are seeking motivated students to help with characterizing gene expression patterns in mosquito embryos, testing potential regulatory sequences in transgenic fly and mosquito models, and exploring the function of regulatory elements through mutagenesis. Techniques involved include genetic analysis, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, in situ hybridization, CRISPR, PCR, and other cutting-edge molecular and genomic tools.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment semester or longer; longer commitments are preferred
Start time Anytime
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer
Who is eligible Students studying Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Genetics and/or Evolution; Coursework in genetics/molecular biology/developmental biology with a 3.2 or better GPA; familiarity with basic laboratory techniques; ability to work independently
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.
Goldwater and the National Science Foundation

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Project mentor

Marc Halfon



B3-307 COEBLS, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Phone: (716) 829-3126



To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. 

To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project:

  • Review the attached poster to gather more in-depth information about the topic