Our research centers on understanding the molecular basis by which the nervous system is sculpted during development. We use a combination of genetic, biochemical, and mathematical modeling techniques to determine how competition defines proper cell number and synaptic connectivity. We are also interested in how these competitive developmental programs that are used to assemble the nervous system might be exploited by pathologies such as Alzheimerâ€™s and Lou Gerhigâ€™s Disease to disassemble the nervous system.
After learning the basic tasks of what makes a lab work which includes washing glassware, autoclaving, making solutions, cell culture techniques; student will be assigned to work on a project with a graduate student becoming part of the team where they will learn more complex procedures necessary to execute scientific experiments. Students will learn how to use imaging and graphic software packages used in the lab.
Understanding what molarity is. Knowledge of how to make dilutions. Understanding chemical safety. Students should demonstrate a strong commitment to this research experience in their cover letter; students should be prepared to balance their other coursework with a challenging work experience in a lab setting. Students are expected to be responsive in all communications related to the lab.
Through this research-work opportunity, you will: 1) learn basic laboratory techniques related to developmental neuroscience; 2) develop a relationship with the scientific literature as it relates to the project; and 3) independently design and execute an experiment.