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Undergraduate Research Opportunity: Genetic Engineering and Synthetic Biology in Crop Plants

Arjun Khakhar, a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Daniel Voytas, is looking for sophomore or junior undergraduate students interested in working on projects that involve cutting edge genetic engineering and synthetic biology in crop plants. This position is for students who are thinking about a research career in biotech/life sciences.

While prior lab experience is a plus, it is by no means required. Students who are accepted will gain skills in:

  • Molecular cloning
  • Plant rearing and genetic modification
  • Python coding and data analysis

There are several potential projects that span modifying the pathways with which plants make chemicals, the developmental programs that control plant shape, or re-engineering plant viruses to rapidly generate transgenic plants. The end goal of all the projects is to develop technologies to combat hunger and malnutrition around the world. (Watch a video describing some of the work.)

This is NOT a technician job, students will be trained to be scientists, with participation in journal clubs and lab meetings and are eligible to register for research credits. As students gain more experience and skill they will be given increasing independence. The skills gained will be broadly applicable to both grad school as well as biotech industries. 

The lab is looking for students who can commit 15-20 hours a week to lab work (hours can be flexible depending on mentor availability and independence).

Please email Arjun Khakhar ( a copy of your CV to apply for an interview. 

June, 2018