Medical and Molecular Genetics Supervisor: Dr. Erica Clinkenbeard, PhD
- Internship Location:
- Pre Professional Interests Preferred:
Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Physical Therapy
- Dress Code:
- Close-toed shoes and long pants
- Majors Preferred:
Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Health Sciences
- Hours per week:
- Flexible within regular work hours
- Determining the underlying molecular effects on bone homeostasis in chronic kidney disease that affects 26 million Americans. Bone health is severely affected in CKD leading to increased fracture risk. Importantly, mortality rates increase in CKD patients that sustain a hip fracture. We focus on examining how CKD factors affect the cells in bone important for maintaining normal structure to identify novel targets for new therapeutics.
- Internship Duties:
- Analyze the effects of different CKD factors at the RNA and protein level using quantitative real-time PCR and western blots, respectively. This will also include literature research - reading relevant published articles to obtain background information and papers that have results which could be applied to the current work.
- Background understanding of genetics and gene regulation preferred but not required. Need to be comfortable with working with mouse tissue for research.