Students will discover new signal transduction pathways in kidney disease and cancer.
Students will be provided the opportunity for in-depth independent undergraduate research to study signal transduction mechanisms controlling the growth and differentiation of cultured kidney tubule epithelial cells in a hormonally defined, serum-free medium. Underlying methods are in the areas of Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry. The effects of hormones and growth factors on growth, development and differentiated functions will be examined. Projects are relevant to understanding the basis of renal diseases including renal cancer.
Students will develop hypotheses, and design experiments to test their hypotheses, and make an original contribution. Students will learn to analyze their results, and present their results, and determine whether the results are consistent with their hypotheses.
|Length of commitment||Commitments range from a semester, the academic year, and summer sessions.|
|Level of collaboration||Generally students have individual projects but may collaborate with other students.|
|Who is eligible||Perspective students should have a course background in cell and molecular biology, as well as basic laboratory courses in such topics as chemistry, biochemistry and/or genetics.|
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