Protecting cell function during the process of division

Mentor Name:
Katharine Ullman

Mentor Position:
Professor

Department:
Oncological Sciences

College:
Medicine

Email:
u0094053@utah.edu


Project Description:

Our lab focuses on several questions to better understand cell division. These include, how does the nucleus get formed? How is the process of cytokinesis (daughter cell separation) regulated? And, how is the genome monitored for damage immediately following mitosis? Undergraduate projects are focused on a topic within these areas.



Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; This is a paid research position; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis; Earn independent study credit


Student Role:

Students will create molecular tools, via DNA cloning that will be guided, and learn to apply these tools and answer specific questions with them using microscopy techniques.


Student Benefits:

Students will gain first-hand exposure to research and develop laboratory and analytical skills. They will be part of team that provides many levels of mentorship.


Project Duration:

Projects can last 1-3 years (depending on student situation) and take 10-20 hrs per week. We recognize the importance of coursework and accommodate the schedule when needed.


Minimum Requirements:

Exposure to, if not a full class in, Cell Biology. Some lab-based coursework (on any topic). Expectations are adjusted depending on where a student is in their college career.