Gut Microbiota And Renal Diseases

microscopic image of bacterial overgrowth.

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
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
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
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

Rabi Yacoub

Assistant Professor

Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Suite 8030B, Clinical Translational Research Center

Phone: (716) 609-8855


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Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.


Medicine and Biomedical Sciences