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Research Opportunity in Neurobiology Lab

Faculty Mentor: Jim Heys
Title: Assistant Professor
College: Medicine
School / Department: Neurobiology

Project description

The Department of Neurobiology at the University of Utah invites undergraduates to join our research team investigating the neural basis of memory. Our lab focuses on understanding how episodic memories are encoded and retrieved, and how these processes are disrupted in disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Schizophrenia.

Undergraduates with an interest in neuroscience research methods.
Eager learners of complex imaging, electrophysiology, behavioral, and computational techniques. Students fascinated by the workings of the brain and its role in memory and cognition. Join us to contribute to vital research while gaining invaluable skills at the forefront of neuroscience. Apply now to embark on a journey of discovery into the brain's memory circuits.


Keywords: Episodic Memory Encoding; Two-Photon Microscopy; Electrophysiological Recording; Virtual Reality Navigation; Computational Neural Modeling

Student Role: Students will play a supportive yet integral role in our neurobiology lab, primarily assisting postdoctoral researchers and graduate students with their daily experimental procedures. Responsibilities will include:
  • Setting up and calibrating equipment for in vivo two-photon microscopy and electrophysiology experiments.
  • Assisting with the implementation of virtual reality environments for behavioral studies in mice.
  • Collecting and preprocessing data from imaging and electrophysiological recordings.
  • Participating in regular lab meetings and contributing to discussions on experimental design and data interpretation.
For students who demonstrate exceptional initiative and competence, there will be opportunities to:
  • Independently conduct experiments under the mentorship of senior lab members.
  • Lead segments of research within a project, potentially contributing to publications.
  • Develop and test hypotheses in line with the lab’s research goals.
The position is designed to provide a comprehensive learning experience, allowing students to deepen their understanding of neuroscience research methodologies and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of memory encoding in the brain.
Project Duration: 1-2 years.
Opportunity Type: Research Assistant
Opportunity Location Type: In Person
Is this a paid opportunity: ToBeDetermined
Paid Description:

Volunteer, Submit a UROP proposal.

Minimum Requirements: familiarity with lab setting.
How To Apply: Contact Jim Heys