Here you will find University of Minnesota research opportunities for College of Biological Sciences undergraduate students.
What is the project?
The successful applicant will join a team that is studying the community ecology of disease. The team will be conducting experiments using a model plant-aphid-virus system. Broadly, they are asking how ecological factors influence the transmission of disease and the resulting communities of pathogens. Ecological factors of interest include the fertilization and diversity of plants, the abundance and diversity of aphid vectors, and potential interactions among viruses within infected hosts.
The Mortari Lab performs human tissue engineering and bioprinting research. The lab has a work-study position available for an undergrad student in the College of Biological Sciences or College of Science and Engineering. The position will provide the student with an opportunity to start at the ground-level of a regenerative medicine research laboratory and begin building tangible research skills for their future career.
Gain experience working in a pediatrics research lab this year! The Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation has an open Undergraduate Research Assistant position for this spring. Students should be prepared to wok 12-15 hours per week.
The Fixen lab is working to understand how a photosynthetic bacterium works and how we can get it to work for us by producing energy rich compounds. Students will learn a variety of lab techniques under the supervision of the lab manager and PI and would have the opportunity to take on an independent research project after the first semester. Students will gain experience in molecular biology approaches such as cloning and qPCR and in growing microorganisms using sterile technique under anaerobic conditions. Volunteer, directed research, and UROP options are possible.