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Undergraduate researcher in cancer biology

Faculty Mentor: Josh Andersen
Title: Associate Professor
College: Science
School / Department: Oncological Sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute

Project description

Normal cells become cancerous as they acquire the ability to grow in a rogue manner and escape the body's natural defenses—a process that we still don't fully understand, which limits our ability to design more effective cancer therapies. We have two potential projects on this area for undergraduate researchers. In the first project, students can work with a team of PhD students to discover the mechanisms by which oncogenic (cancer-causing) kinases promote cancer cell proliferation and control inflammatory signaling. In the second project, students can discover how the cellular recycling process of autophagy regulates innate immune signaling to promote cancer growth. Both projects also involve the development of novel targeted cancer therapies.


Keywords: cell signaling, kinases, autophagy, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology

Student Role: The goal of our lab is to understand the molecular mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and resist the body’s natural anti-cancer defenses. As a research assistant in our laboratory, you can gain hands-on experience in a variety of powerful molecular and biochemical techniques (e.g., cell imaging, protein purification, cloning, tissue culture, immunoprecipitation, and proteomics), while also learning how to guide a research project and work in a team setting to answer exciting research questions. We expect that undergraduates will contribute at a level to gain authorship on peer reviewed publications and even present their work at international scientific conferences. Mentoring is also a top priority in our lab, so all of us will work with the student to help prepare them for whatever their next step is (grad school, medical school, other professional grad programs, industry, etc.).
Project Duration: We find that it takes a minimum of 15-20 hrs per week during the semester for students to get past the learning curve and do well in the lab. We are definitely open to more hours if it works for both sides.
Opportunity Type: Research Assistant
Opportunity Location Type: In Person
Is this a paid opportunity: ToBeDetermined
Paid Description:

This is a paid research position

Minimum Requirements: Scientific curiosity and a desire to do exciting research! Molecular biology and/or biochemistry coursework is a plus.
How To Apply: Contact Josh Andersen