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Molecular Mechanisms of Memory

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated undergraduates interested in neuroscience to get involved with our research on the molecular mechanisms underlying memory formation and age-related memory impairments. We use a combination of behavioral techniques (memory tasks), molecular assays (qPCR, western blotting, immunofluorescence), microscopy, cloning, and data analysis to understand how memories are made and why they are impaired in aging individuals. Undergraduate researchers will help...

Mentor: Janine Kwapis

2-4 January 4, 2019 January 18, 2019
Molecular Neuroscience

Genetic and molecular analysis of neural function and neurodegenerative disease mechanisms.

Mentor: Richard Ordway

4 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Molecular simulations of polymers and complex fluids

Our research is focused on microscopic, physical understanding of the unique material properties of polymers and complex fluids. The hallmarks of these "soft" systems are:

  • interplay between entropic fluctuations and energetic tendency to order;
  • exquisite sensitivity of structure to imposed fields, including deformation and flow.

These features of soft systems afford unique opportunities for design of material properties, but also pose theoretical challenges....

Mentor: Scott Milner

1 to 2 August 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Mushroom Phorid Fly Research

We are looking for one or two undergrad Research Assistants to work as part of a team in the Entomology Department (Merkle Lab, Orchard Road). The main focus of these positions will be the screening of registered biopesticide products for efficacy against mushroom flies. Undergrads will be trained in experimental techniques, including bioassays, experimental design, data collection, and analysis. Research assistants will also assist with maintenance of the mushroom fly cultures, and...

Mentor: Nina Jenkins

2 August 27, 2018 October 29, 2018
Neurobiology: Synaptic Transmission

Chemical synaptic transmission serves a crucial function in the nervous system by mediating transmission and integration of information carried by electrical signals in nerve cells. We are taking a forward genetic approach using the model system, Drosophila melanogaster, to investigate the in vivo molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission.

Mentor: Fumiko Kawasaki

1 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Physiology and ecology of deep sea corals & temporal change in hydrothermal vent communities in the Western Pacific

Currently research in my laboratory is centered around two projects. One is focused on the physiology and ecology of deep-sea corals and the other examining temporal change in hydrothermal vent communities in the Western Pacific. We have a long-term project underway using digital still images to follow the recovery of deep-sea corals that were impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In addition, we are conducting laboratory experiments and analysis of corals collected from the sea...

Mentor: Charles Fisher

4-8 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Pitch Exploration Lab

You're invited! A new research group called the Pitch Exploration Lab will begin meeting in January. This space is intended for undergraduates or graduates from any major on campus to explore music/brain/psychology topics but we especially welcome research questions related to pitch processing and psycho-motor activity. Students from Acoustics, Psychology, Neuroscience and all other majors are welcome, as well as students with any background coursework or experience in statistics. Please...

Mentor: Bryan Nichols

10 December 6, 2018 December 6, 2018
Polyelectrolyte Solution Rheology

Polyelectrolytes find uses as thickeners for solution coating. DNA is also a polyelectrolyte. The molecular weight of all polyelectrolytes is hard to characterize and we try to develop methods to determine number-average molecular weight from careful measurements of the concentration dependence of solution rheology, coupled with X-ray scattering.

Mentor: Ralph Colby

3 August 30, 2018 October 29, 2018
Promoting Healthy Development/Recipe for Success

The Edna Bennett Prevention Research Center is seeking an undergraduate research assistant to assist with the Recipe 4 Success project. The project examines the impact of lessons regarding healthy eating, sleeping patterns, and self-control skills on toddler development in Early Head Start families.

Mentor: Michelle Hostetler

3 August 20, 2018 October 29, 2018
Quality Talk Research Assistant

The Quality Talk (QT) research team in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE) is conducting federally funded innovative research within multi-level and interdisciplinary/cross-curricular classroom settings. Quality Talk involves using student-focused argumentation as a tool for building understanding and co-constructing knowledge. Through this authentic discussion process students develop critical thinking skills and deepen their epistemic...

Mentor: P. Karen Murphy

undefined January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018