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 including Sjögren’s syndrome and PASC. Projects in the lab utilize viral-genome sequencing, bioinformatics, cell culture, and infectious disease epidemiology techniques to define the underlying mechanism(s) of autoimmunity.
Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis; Earn independent study credit
Student will assist in DNA/RNA isolation, tissue processing, immunohistochemistry, immunoassays, cell culture, literature review, and will take part in weekly group meetings.
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.
10-15+ hours/week. Projects will run a minimum of one semester with the possibility of extension.
Completion of basic science courses.