Research Opportunities Database

Title Number of opportunities Posted Last Updated
Ecology of Plant-Insect Interactions

We are interested in interactions between plants and plant-feeding insects. Plants may be rooted to the ground, but they are far from helpless victims and use a remarkable array of tactics to defend themselves from insects and other attackers. We study different aspects of plant-insect interactions, using a combination of laboratory and field work with both agriculturally important crop plants and native plant species. We are interested in the defensive pathways triggered by different...

Mentor: John Tooker

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Collaborative Engineering Design and Sustainability
  1. Global design: interaction, motivation and readiness for multinational collaborative design projects.
  2. Global sustainability in engineering education: knowledge and strategic processing for a multidimensional and global sustainability approach to engineering solutions.

Mentor: Ivan Esparragoza

undefined January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Flow-induced crystallization of polymers

Semi-crystalline polymers are a very important class of engineering thermoplastic. When subjected to flow, the polymer chains get stretched and crystallize more readily. We try to understand this flow-induced crystallization using AFM, calorimetry, optical microscopy, rheology and X-ray scattering experiments.

Mentor: Ralph Colby

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Molecular Neuroscience

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

Mentor: Richard Ordway

4 January 1, 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
Food Process Engineering

Food process engineering is the application of scientific and engineering principles to enhance the processing of food products. Some of the ongoing projects in our laboratories include: modeling of heat transfer during microwave processing of foods, and modified atmosphere storage to enhance the shelf life of fresh produce.

Undergraduate students can get involved at different phases of these projects. It is intended that they would obtain an overall appreciation for the area and the...

Mentor: R.C. Anantheswaran

2 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Examining microbial diversity within an animal-microbe symbiosis

The Miyashiro lab is interested in understanding how animals obtain bacterial symbionts from their environment. Using the symbiosis established between the Hawaiian bobtail squid and a bioluminescent bacterium as our model system, we can explore the impact of bacterial diversity on symbiosis. Students will contribute to this project by isolating and characterizing novel strains of bacteria, using microbiology and molecular biology tools.

Mentor: Tim Miyashiro

undefined January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Ukiyoe Research Internship

Students meet with Dr. Eubanks and Palmer Museum staff in the first week of the semester for an orientation. They then select 5-6 woodblock prints from the Museum's collection to research thoroughly, creating a 3-5 page written description for each. The internship gives students an opportunity to polish critical writing skills, learn art preservation and handling techniques, and work with library and museum staff with critical materials. Students earn 3 credits (LA 495).


Mentor: Charlotte Eubanks

1-2 per semester January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Structural studies of RNA and RNA-protein complexes

We are interested in learning the atomic-resolution details of the spatial
organization of highly structured RNA molecules and complexes of such
molecules with RNA-binding proteins. Using X-ray crystallography we can
determine the three-dimensional structure of the molecule to the finest
details; using a combination of crystallographic and biochemical studies we
can answer a very broad variety of fundamental questions, ranging from the
mechanisms of...

Mentor: Andrey Krasilnikov

undefined January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018
Identification of novel genes involved cellulosic biofuel production

Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer on earth. The great abundance of cellulose places it at the forefront as a primary source of biomass for renewable biofuels. Our research is focused on understanding the biological mechanisms underlying biofuel production so that those mechanisms can be redesigned, improved, and used to develop novel, efficient bioenergy strategies that can be replicated on a mass scale.

Mentor: Ying Gu

2-4 January 1, 2018 October 29, 2018