OphthalmologyMentor Name: Tim Corson
- Internship Location:
- Pre Professional Interests Preferred:
Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Veterinary Medicine
- Dress Code:
- Casual but laboratory appropriate
- Majors Preferred:
Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology
- Hours per week:
- Flexible within regular work hours
- We are studying the function of genes that are important for causing blinding eye diseases like macular degeneration. We study a gene called ferrochelatase, which is important for abnormal blood vessel growth in diseases like macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. We are assessing what kinds of stressful stimuli cause ferrochelatase to be upregulated in blood vessel cells.
- Internship Duties:
- The intern might be involved in growing human cells in culture, challenging them with stressor compounds, and looking at the levels of ferrochelatase using molecular assays.
- At least one laboratory course in a life sciences discipline and interest in working with cells.