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Deans laboratory researching developmental neurobiology

Faculty Mentor: Michael Deans
Title: Associate Professor
College: Medicine
School / Department: Neurobiology

Project description

The Deans laboratory is recruiting multiple undergraduates to investigate the role of Planar Cell Polarity (PCP) signaling during inner ear development. We apply basic developmental biology, mouse genetics, and biochemical approaches to study vestibular hair cells and cochlear innervation using the mouse as a model system. Please consider these recent examples of our discoveries in this area:

  • “Frizzled3 and Frizzled6 Cooperate with Vangl2 to Direct Cochlear Innervation by type II Spiral Ganglion Neurons” Journal of Neuroscience (2019)
  • “The dark kinase STK32A regulates hair cell planar polarity opposite of EMX2 in the developing mouse inner ear” BioRxiv (2022)

The Deans lab is located in a highly dynamic research environment hosted by the Department of Neurobiology. 


Keywords: mouse, genetics, inner ear, auditory, vestibular, awesome, cool, microscopy

Student Role: Student will learn inner ear anatomy, microdissection, immunofluorescent labeling and imaging techniques.
Project Duration: Year long project, ~10 hours per week during semester, 30-40 hours per week during summer.
Opportunity Type: Research Position
Opportunity Location Type: In Person
Is this a paid opportunity: ToBeDetermined
Paid Description:

This is a paid research position, prepare a UROP proposal.

Minimum Requirements: Biomedical sciences related majors.
How To Apply: Contact Michael Deans