The Sobeck laboratory aims at analyzing the roles of proteins called "tumor suppressors". These proteins play crucial roles in our cells to prevent cancer susceptibility by protecting our cells' chromosomes from accumulating damage. We are focused on the members of the so-called Fanconi Anemia (FA) pathway that are involved in a number of childhood cancers. Currently we have an exciting project that explores a new role for the FA pathway in telomere maintenance.
Student work would include PCRs, gel electrophoresis, cell culture, immunofluorescence microscopy and perhaps more depending on the level of commitment. Volunteer, directed research, and UROP opportunities are available, with possible payment also considered after a few months trial time. Undergraduate researchers are expected to work 10-12 hours per week.
Ideally, a successful applicant will have a basic background knowledge in biochemistry and molecular biology. Most importantly, they should be truly passionate about research and bring an outstanding curiosity and enthusiasm, focus and work ethic to the laboratory.
For more information and to apply, contact Dr. Alexandra Sobeck at email@example.com. Please include your prior coursework / grades, plus an approximately 150 word statement about why you are interested in working with the Sobeck lab.