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.
The project mentor is no longer accepting student inquires, because this project is currently at full capacity.
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.
The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration.
|Length of commitment||semester or longer; longer commitments are preferred|
|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|
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.
If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project.
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.