Dr. St. Louis' laboratory has an opening for a motivated undergraduate student beginning in the 2015 Fall semester. This mentorship would help prepare the student for the UROP scholarship application, or a directed research class (3 credits), in the Spring semester of 2016.
Hours are flexible, but the selected student must commit to a minimum of eight hours per week. This is an excellent hands-on learning opportunity. Basic cellular biology knowledge is required for this position, as well as a strong interest in learning molecular biology. Students who clearly demonstrate potential for increased responsibility will be encouraged to stay beyond two semesters.
The selected student will benefit from this unique experience by acquiring, and refining, the following skills: Lab safety, preparation of solutions, pipetting, measurement of protein and nucleic acid concentrations, lab notebook maintenance, lab report preparation, and developing poster presentation. Additionally, students will learn selected techniques, which may include tissue culture, immunoprecipitation, Western blotting, PCR, and fluorescent microscopy.
The St. Louis laboratory studies molecular pathways, which cancer cells exploit in order to grow and divide rapidly. They examine interactions of specific proteins and mRNAs that can function as a "molecular switch" to turn cancer cell division off.
Students interested in the position can contact Dr. St. Louis directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.