Summer Undergrad Research Conference

Wed, July 24th 1:00-3:30pm
Iowa Memorial Union, Main Lounge
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Skin, epidermal development and cleft lip and palate

Monday, July 15, 2024
The research performed in the Dunnwald lab aims at elucidating mechanisms of epithelial cell adhesion and migration in the context of epidermal development (skin) and craniofacial development (cleft lip and palate). The lab uses a variety of models, including mice and cell culture, and a wide variety of techniques, including microscopy, biochemistry, histology and immunofluorescence. This position is aimed at assisting the research in a collaborative environment. The duties include: DNA prep and PCR for genotyping; histology and microscopy; keeping detailed written and organized records of experimental design and protocols; and shared responsibility for general upkeep of lab. You will work directly with staff and graduate students while learning more about the projects via lab meetings and presentations. We do fun science in a friendly environment and we want you to come and help us.

Epigenetics in cancer progression and control

Monday, July 15, 2024
Our lab is interesting in learning how changes in DNA accessibility (epigenetics) contribute to gene expression changes that drive cancer progression and resistance to therapy. The trainee will work closely with a research scientist and the principal investigator to learn and apply new techniques. There are opportunities for both wet-lab and bioinformatic research.

How early epigenetic programming of the human genome in T cells enable them to have long-lasting fitness and function in health and disease

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
The project would be to establish a new assay in the laboratory. The trainee will work closely with a research scientist and PI in the lab and be involved in day-to-day lab operations.

Immune pathogenesis of graft-versus-host disease and inflammatory bowel diseases

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
We are interested in working with motivated undergraduate students who can spend time in the laboratory to learn intestinal immunology and advance their laboratory skills. Intestinal immune system is associated with regulation of aberrant immune reactions, as seen in graft-versus-host disease after bone marrow or hematopoietic cell transplantation or in inflammatory bowel diseases. Our studies focus on T lymphocytes and gut microorganisms, such as helminths or gut bacteria that can regulate these aberrant and pathological immune responses. Students will purify immune cells from spleen or lymph nodes, characterize them in detail by multicolor flow cytometry, perform in vitro immune cell cultures besides various other experiments. Students will analyze DNA for various reasons.

Ice Cream Social - Summer 24

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Join us on Friday, May 31st at 4:30pm in Petersen Lobby for Ice Cream and all the toppings!

Upcoming Events

How to Apply for Bioscience Graduate School
Thursday, June 20th noon - 1:00pm
PBDB 1459 (Papajohn Biomed Discovery Bldg)

How to Write a Research Abstract
Thursday, June 27th noon - 1:00pm
PBDB 1459 (Papajohn Biomed Discovery Bldg)