Gut Microbiota And Renal Diseases

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Seeking students for both short and long-term commitments, studying the effects of gut bacteria on kidney function through both animal and human studies.

Project description

We are studying the effects of gut bacteria (gut microbiota) on kidney function through performing both animal and human studies. My main interest is in establishing the association between certain bacteria and the increased risk of heart disease in kidney failure. I am looking for both those who are interested in joining the lab for a short period of time to gain the experience and improve their CV, and also those who are welling to spend a year or more in the lab.

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 To be determined by student/mentor
Start time Fall, Spring, Summer
Level of collaboration To be determined by student/mentor
Benefits Salary/Stipend, Volunteer, Work-Study
Who is eligible Though cell and molecular biology experience is preferred, no specific qualification
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Project mentor

Rabi Yacoub

Assistant Professor

Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Suite 8030B, Clinical Translational Research Center

Phone: (716) 609-8855



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

  1. Guide you in setting your goals and intentions as well as gaining additional context,
  2. Enhance your collaboration with your mentor/partner,
  3. Support your reflection and help you integrate your learning with your academic and professional goals.

All students who wish to participate in a project on the Project Portal must first complete the Project Preparation Digital Badge. First, contact the project mentor to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge.

Preparation guidance

The specific preparation activities for this project are being finalized by the project mentor. Once they are finalized, this section will be updated. In the meantime, please reach out to the project mentor to confirm what specific preparation activities you should complete for the Project Preparation Digital Badge.