Viral-mediated Mechanisms of Autoimmunity

Faculty Name:
Melodie Weller


Faculty College:


Project Description:

The Weller Lab is looking for highly motivated students interested in virology, autoimmune diseases and working as part of a research team to define the mechanisms of viral-mediated chronic disease. Our research focuses on pathogen exposures leading to the development of a chronic autoimmune disease called Sjögren’s syndrome. Projects in the lab utilize viral-genome sequencing, bioinformatics, cell culture, and infectious disease epidemiology techniques to define the underlying mechanism(s) of autoimmunity.

Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis; Earn independent study credit

Student Role:

Student will assist in DNA/RNA isolation, tissue processing, immunohistochemistry, immunoassays, cell culture, literature review and will take part in weekly group meetings.

Student Benefits:

Knowledge, experience & mentorship in research environment. Students are also encouraged to apply for a UROP grant, earn research credit or develop project for honors thesis.

Project Duration:

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

Minimum Requirements:

Completion of basic science courses, preferably junior or senior status.