OpthalmologyMentor Name: Ashay Bhatwadekar
- Internship Location:
- Pre Professional Interests Preferred:
Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy
- Dress Code:
- No special dress code requirements
- Majors Preferred:
Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Health Sciences, Neuroscience, Public Health
- Hours per week:
- Flexible within regular work hours
- Our research is focused on understanding the molecular basis of diabetic retinopathy (DR).
We study how dysregulation of circadian regulatory genes results in development of the DR. We are using a variety of in vitro (tissue culture) techniques and animal models to understand the pathophysiology of the DR. Several short-term projects ongoing in our laboratory will provide a hands-on experience on a variety of routine techniques e.g. immunofluorescence, qRT-PCR and western blotting. In addition, the students will also get an opportunity to learn specialized experiments used in eye and circadian research. The students will gain experience of working on techniques like optical coherence tomography (OCT) and electroretinogram (ERG) studies to assess the ocular function in experimental animals.
- Internship Duties:
- Tissue culture, Molecular and cell biology experiments, Image analysis