Monday, March 13, 2023

Project Details
Dr. Dokun’s lab is located at Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB). His research interest focuses on understanding how genetic factors and the metabolic abnormalities associated with diabetes contribute to vascular diseases such as peripheral artery disease (PAD). All undergraduate volunteers will be involved in on going research projects. Prior experience is strongly desired, but training will also be provided. Our goal is to have each volunteer assigned an independent research project. Recognition will be awarded from transcript recognition to publication co-authorship.

Techniques involved: tissue cell culture, microscopy, protein/nucleic acid isolation, westerns, qPCR, animal handling, animal breeding, animal surgery, tissues harvesting, live animal imaging via means of laser, ultra sound and magnetic resonance.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Learning and performing basic science research in cell biology, cell physiology, molecular biology and genetics;
  • Good record keeping of tasks assigned and meticulous data collection;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, data organization, statistical analysis and report writing;
  • Proficiency in MATLAB coding;
  • Being able to present at weekly laboratory meeting and UI research symposium;
  • General maintenance and organization of lab equipment and supplies;
  • Work with or train other laboratory personnel or students in research techniques or procedures;


Current undergraduate or recent graduated students majoring in chemistry, biology or other related fields (bioengineering, biomedical sciences, pre-med, etc.)

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Current undergraduate or recent graduated students majoring in chemistry, biology or other related fields (bioengineering, biomedical sciences, pre-med, etc.);
  • Gap year students who are preparing themselves to pursue a career in the scientific research or medical field;
  • Have taken introductory biology and chemistry courses;
  • A minimum commitment of at least one year;
  • Serious, self-motivated and committed to assigned research tasks;
  • Attention to detail and meticulous record keeping;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment with both fellow lab members and animals;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previously demonstrated research experience in the areas of molecular biology/biochemistry/biology or related field;
  • Knowledge in, or ability to learn scientific computing tools;
  • Knowledge of library research tools and scientific terminology;
  • Excellent writing, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.

Time Commitment
10-15 hours/week

Start Date

Project Duration 
Ongoing or potential to be a continuous position

Volunteer (Optional 0-credit hour course for transcript recognition)
Academic Credit 

How to Apply
To apply for this position, contact Thomas Wong at a, with a current resume and a statement of interest.