Autoimmunity & Our Environment: Research Assistant

Faculty Name:
Melodie Weller


Faculty College:


Project Description:

The Weller Lab in the School of Dentistry is looking for highly motivated students interested in studying autoimmune diseases and gaining laboratory research experience. Our research focuses on viral-mediated triggers in the development of a chronic autoimmune disease called Sjögren’s syndrome. Projects in the lab utilize viral-genome sequencing, microarray, bioinformatics, molecular biology and cell culture to define the underlying mechanism(s) of autoimmunity.

Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal

Student Role:

Students may assist in DNA and RNA isolation, tissue processing and preservation, immunohistochemistry, immunoassays, in vitro culture systems and literature review.

Student Benefits:

Knowledge, experience and mentorship in research environment.

Project Duration:

10-15+ hours/week. Projects will run a minimum of one semester with the possibility of longer.

Minimum Requirements:

Interest in laboratory research, self motivated detail oriented and good work ethic. Preferences will be given to those with biology/molecular biology course work completed.