Pathology and Lab Medicine Supervisor: Max Jacobsen
- Internship Location:
- Pre Professional Interests Preferred:
- Dress Code:
- Closed toed shoes required
- Majors Preferred:
Biology, Forensic and Investigative Sciences, Neuroscience
- Hours per week:
- Flexible based on student needs
- Flexible within regular work hours
- Dementia Research using Digital Image Analysis to evaluate biomarkers associated with human neurodegenerative disease. The Dementia Lab has studied over 2200 human autopsy brains from patients who suffered of Alzheimer Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia/Parkinson Disease, prion diseases, and rare disorders. Many of the brains are from individuals suffering from hereditary diseases. We use classic neuropathologic techniques, such as immunohistochemistry, and modern methods, such as whole slide image analysis, to assess tau, amyloid-beta, alpha-synuclein, and TDP43 protein aggregates associated with both sporadic and hereditary dementias.
- Internship Duties:
- The typical duties for this position are learning basic interpretation of immunohistochemical stains, data collection and management, and basic microscopy analysis. You will also get exposures to whole slide digital imaging techniques, image analysis softwares, histological techniques, biochemical techniques, electron microscopy techniques, and genetic analysis techniques. However, your main focus will be on collecting immunohistochemical data.
- The ideal student should show maturity and ownership of a project with a rigorous attention to detail. Knowledge of basic chemistry and biology and experience with Microsoft office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook, etc.) is essential. The student must be able to balance multiple projects at the same time and work cohesively with a team. Superb communication skills are a must. A basic understanding of Adobe products and brain anatomy is highly recommended, but additional proficiency can be learned on the job.