Volunteer Position in Aging Research: Possible Lab, Animal, and Human Study Experience

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We are seeking motivated student volunteers to participate in studies that span from cells to community in order to identify the best ways to age successfully. 

Project description

Our laboratory looks to identify shortcuts to successful aging! Motivated student volunteers will have an opportunity to participate in experiments that range from cells to community. Current studies involve examine the benefits of vitamin D during aging, the importance of sleep in cognition, and the benefits of a 10-minute exercise program in older adults. We will provide training as you gain exposure to cell culture experimentation, animal behavioral studies, and possibly even human clinical trials. Previous experience is appreciated, however, key aspects we are looking for are motivation to learn and able to provide a consistent schedule.

Project outcome

Project outcomes range depending on time able to be provided from the student volunteer. Students participate in poster presentations and most past students have had co-authorships on peer reviewed studies.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a year; longer is preferable
Start time Anytime
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration Individual and small group projects
Benefits Academic credit
Who is eligible All undergraduate students 

Project mentor

Kenneth Seldeen

Research Assistant Professor


Phone: (716) 888-4869

Email: seldeen@buffalo.edu

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Preparation activities

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