Biomedical and Applied SciencesSupervisor: Chandler Walker, Ph.D.
- Internship Location:
- Pre Professional Interests Preferred:
Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Nursing
- Dress Code:
- Long pants, closed-toed shoes, lab coat
- Majors Preferred:
Biology, Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience
- Hours per week:
- Flexible within regular work hours
- My lab focuses on understanding tissue pathology and repair in central nervous system injuries and disease. Our primary research areas include spinal cord injury (SCI) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), with an emphasis on developing and applying strategies to promote neuron survival, regeneration and improved functional outcomes. Currently, we utilize rodent (mouse and rat) models of these disorders, as well as cell culture models. We are also interested in investigating links between nervous system injury and development of neurodegenerative disease.
- Internship Duties:
- Tissue labeling for cell and protein identification and localization, as well as microscopic imaging and image analysis, are key techniques used in our research. Some animal handling and behavioral assessment of rats and mice may be necessary for this position. Motivation to learn and work as a team on different components of larger projects, as well as a serious interest in developing and applying keen observation and critical thinking skills are essential. Opportunities to learn cell culture and animal surgical approaches are possible, and laboratory techniques including Western blot and DNA/RNA analysis are also utilized and can be learned and applied during the internship.
- Experience in introductory basic laboratory techniques (e.g., lab notebook record keeping, pipetting) would be helpful, but not required. Prior experience with advanced lab techniques, animal research, and basic neuroscience would be extremely helpful, but not a prerequisite.