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Undergraduate research opportunity

Dr. Craig Eckfeldt lab has an opening for one undergrad to start as soon as possible. They prefer individuals with a basic foundation in cell biology and genetics that are earlier in their undergraduate career who are interested in a longer term research opportunity. The position is unpaid, but they have obtained compensation for undergrads through UROP awards, directed research credits and mentored students working on honor theses based on their work with their group. Hours are flexible, but they are looking for students who can dedicate at eight or more hours per week. Students will participate in lab group meetings with their group and the Largaespada lab, and will be supervised by the PI and staff scientists, but will also interact with grad students, post docs and MD/PhD students.

The main project in their group is studying cell signaling in acute myeloid leukemia. Led by a physician scientist (MD/PhD), their translational research group uses a variety of preclinical model systems to understand how cell signals support AML cell growth and survival and to test novel treatment approaches in vitro and in vivo. They use tissue culture models, transgenic mouse models, human cell lines and primary human leukemia samples, and patient derived xenografts (i.e. human leukemia cells in mice). The ultimate goal of this work is to provide a foundation for the development of human clinical trials.

Interested students can contact Dr. Eckfeldt for more information.