Undergraduate Research Mentors

Picture Name, Affiliation and Research Description Requirements

Abasht, Behnam

Department of Animal and Food Sciences

Characterization of a muscle disease of unknown etiology in broiler chickens using next-generation RNA sequencing, metabolomics, histology, electron microscopy and bioinformatics

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer
  • Preferred courses: Introductory Biology
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis

Akins, Robert

A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Tissue engineering and regenerative therapies for heart disease.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Preferred courses: Cell Biology (BISC 305)
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Bais, Harsh

How root exudation regulates plant-microbe interactions.

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Required courses: Physiology
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis

Bhat, Anjana

Department of Physical Therapy

Early detection of autism; develop novel interventions for young and older children with autism

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for the project: 2 semesters
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Description: early detection of autism; develop novel interventions for young and older children with autism
  • Other: must have an interest in working with pediatric populations and must be committed to completing the preset, weekly lab hours

Binder-Macleod, Stuart

Identification of stimulation patterns that maximize force and minimize fatigue from human skeletal muscles.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior

Boyd, Fidelma

Investigation of the emergence and divergence of Gram-negative enteric bacterial pathogens.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer
  • Required courses: Introductory Microbiology would be good
  • Classes:  Sophomore, Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis

Bunnell, Tim

Clinical computational linguistics and phonetics.

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.5
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Required courses: Anatomy, Physiology, and either Acoustic Phonetics or Laboratory Phonetics
  • Classes: Junior, Senior
  • Other: Semesters must be consecutive (excluding Winter session)

Butchbach, Matthew

A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Molecular Bases of and Therapeutic Strategies for Motor Neuron Diseases.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters and one summer
  • Preferred courses: Genetics (BISC 403), Molecular Biology (BISC 401), and Cell Biology (BISC 305)
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior(will consider seniors who can commit to two semesters)
  • Will consider students(in particular sophomores) who have not yet completed the aforementioned coursework if they are planning to complete these courses at the earliest opportunity.
  • Must have reliable transportation to AI duPont Hospital for Children

Chai, Sheau Ching

Department of Behavioral Health & Nutrition

Chai Research Lab

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a Senior Thesis
  • Dr. Chai’s research is focused on the role of functional foods (phytochemicals) and dietary antioxidants in prevention and/or treatment of age-related disorders such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and cognitive decline. Her works in these areas include studying the protective effects of functional foods and/or natural compounds using humans and cell culture.

 

Cooper, Carlton

The identification and regulation of cell adhesion proteins involved in prostate cancer preferential metastasis to bone.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: More than one year
  • Required courses: Cell Biology (BISC 305) and/or Molecular Biology
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis

DeLeon, Patricia

Department of Biological Sciences

Reproductive genetics, genomics, and sperm proteomics.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer
  • Required courses: BISC 207, BISC 208
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior

Duncan, Melinda

Department of Biological Sciences

Molecular control of lens development and cataract formation.

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.4
  • Minimum time for a project: More than one year
  • Required courses: Genetics, Molecular Biology
  • Classes: Freshman, Sophomore
  • Note: Will take Sophomores who have not had Molecular Biology if they take at first available opportunity

Duncan, Randall

Department of Biological Sciences

Signal transduction and cell biology of musculoskeletal cells.

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Required courses: Cell Biology (BISC 305)
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis

Fawcett, Paul

A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Immunology of idiopathic and infectious inflammatory diseases.

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Required courses: Immunology, Cell Biology (BISC 305) and/or Molecular Biology
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior

Gaffney, Patrick

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Population and aquacultural genetics of marine fish and invertebrates.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.3
  • Minimum time for a project: One semester
  • Preferred courses: Genetics and Evolutionary Biology
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Note: May work in our lab as part of the Semester-in-Residence Program (for Fall semester of Junior or Senior year)

Galileo, Deni

Department of Biological Sciences

Glioblastoma brain cancer and early brain development.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.7
  • Minimum time for a project: More than one year
  • Preferred courses: Cell Biology (BISC 305), Molecular Biology, etc.
  • Classes: Sophomore and Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis

Galloway, James

Department of Physical Therapy

Technology and training for infants and toddlers with serious mobility impairments.

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Preferred courses: Human/Mammalian Anatomy/Physiology, Developmental Biology, Developmental Psychology, and Biomechanics
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Other: Interest in young infant behavior required
  • Note: Experience with young infants helpful

Gleghorn, Jason

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Tissue morphodynamics and regenerative medicine

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.4
  • Preferred Courses: Cell Biology (BISC 305), Molecular Biology of the Cell (BISC 401)
  • Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors - only if interested in pursuing senior thesis

Gopalakrishnapillai, Anilkumar

A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Modeling Down Syndrome Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for project: Two Semesters
  • Required courses : Cell Biology (BISC 305), Molecular Biology of the Cell (BISC 401)
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Hanson, Thomas

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

How do microbes live in the lab (microbial physiology) and in nature (environmental proteomics)?

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Kirchman, David

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Marine microbial ecology, especially role of microbes in global carbon cycle.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum time for a project: One semester
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Other: Must apply and be admitted to the Semester-in-Residence Program

Lachke, Salil

Department of Biological Sciences

Molecular and systems biology of mammalian eye development and disease.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.5
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer
  • Required Courses: Cell Biology (BISC 305), Molecular Biology of the Cell (BISC 401), Genetics (BISC 654).
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a Senior thesis
  • Note: Sophomores are preferred.  Will consider students who have not yet taken the above courses but are planning to do so at earliest opportunity.  The 3.5 GPA requirement may be relaxed depending on other superior qualifications or research interests.

Laverty, Gary

Department of Biological Sciences

Osmoregulation and sensory biology in the unicellular protist Tetrahymena thermophila

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Required courses: At least one of Cell Biology (BISC 305), Molecular Biology (BISC401), or General Physiology (BISC306)
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Lee, Jung-Youn

Department of Plant & Soil Sciences

Understanding intercellular communication / signaling process and the role of protein phosphorylation mediated by Casein Kinase 1 family members in plant systems.

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer
  • Required courses: Basic biology and biochemistry
  • Classes: Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis

Lobo, Michele

Department of Physical Therapy

Website

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Preferred courses: Previous coursework in anatomy and physiology, child development, Developmental Biology, or Developmental Psychology helpful but not required
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Other: Interest in pediatrics or child development required
  • Note: Experience with young children and/or children with disabilities helpful
  • Research Description: Dr. Lobo’s research program brings together experts across disciplines from fashion through child development, engineering, and rehabilitation.
  • The aims are:
    • to better understand developmental processes and how movement impacts language, cognition, and social interaction
    • to design interventions and rehabilitation devices to advance global development for infants and children with disabilities.

Lyman, Edward

Molecular basis of human physiology and disease.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum time for a project: one year
  • Required courses: phys 207, 208
  • Quantitative Biology majors only

McDonald, John

Department of Biological Sciences

Natural selection on nuclear genes in marine invertebrates.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum time for a project: More than one year
  • Classes: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

Miller, Douglas

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Benthic ecology, with emphasis on intertidal and nearshore habitats and fauna, especially groundwater seeps, temperate worm reefs, and impacts of invasive species.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum time for a project: One semester
  • Preferred courses: MAST 627
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Other: Must be interested in senior thesis, admitted to Honors program, or admitted to the Semester-in-Residence Program

Neunuebel, Ramona

Department of Biological Sciences

Molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogen survival in human cells.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.5
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer
  • Required Courses: Molecular Biology of the Cell (BISC 401), Microbiology (BISC 300).
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a Senior thesis
  • Note: Students who have not taken the courses above will be considered if they are planning to register for these at the earliest opportunity.

Nohe, Anja

Department of Biological Sciences

Develop and utilize state-of-the-art techniques to elucidate changes in cellular communication that lead to diseases as diverse as cancer and osteoporosis.

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Required courses: Introductory Chemistry, Cell Biology (BISC 305), or Molecular Biology
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis

Parcells, Mark

Department of Animal and Food Sciences

Molecular Virology and Tumor Immunology of Marek’s Disease

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Polson, Shawn

Department of Computer & Info Sciences

Microbial and Viral Ecology through Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer
  • Preferred courses: Introductory Microbiology, Molecular Biology
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a Senior Thesis

 

Rahman, Tariq

A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Biomedical and orthopedic engineering.

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Required courses: Physiology, Biomechanics, and System Dynamics
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Reisman, Darcy

Department of Physical Therapy

Movement control related to neurologic injury, particularly stroke.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Classes: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
  • Note: Familiarity with computers helpful

Roth, Tania

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Behavioral Epigenetics

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Preferred courses: Molecular Biology, Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Schwarz, Jaclyn

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Developmental Neuroimmunology

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA:  3.4
  • Minimum time for project:  Two semesters
  • Preferred Courses:  Intro Neuroscience, Molecular Biology
  • Classes:  Sophomore and Junior
  • Our lab examines how immune activation influences the brain and behavior throughout the lifespan.  Many neuropsychiatric disorders have been linked to early-life immune activation or immune dysregulation, yet it is not known how activation of the developing immune system can program brain and behavior.  There is constant communication between the brain and the immune system that can influence the brain and behavior.   During certain times in life, we hypothesize that immune activation can change the development or the trajectory of the immune cells in the periphery or in the brain to influence behavior long-term.  If you are interested in the brain, development, and behavior, consider joining our lab.

Selva, Erica

Department of Biological Sciences

Genetic and molecular control of signal transduction.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: More than one year
  • Required courses: Genetics, Cell Biology (BISC 305), Molecular Biology
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis

Seyfferth, Angelia

Department of Plant & Soil Sciences

Nutrient and contaminant cycling at the soil-plant interface.

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Preferred courses: General Chemistry
  • Research in the Seyfferth lab is trans-disciplinary, spanning the fields of Environmental Soil Chemistry, Plant Physiology, Analytical Chemistry, and Human Toxicology. Opportunities for research include both laboratory and field components from the nanoscale to the field-scale.
     

Shaffer, Thomas

A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Developmental respiratory physiology.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.5
  • Minimum time for a project: More than one year
  • Required courses: Physiology or Bioengineering
  • Classes: Junior

Sikes, Robert

Department of Biological Sciences

Development and progression of human prostate and breast cancer.

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Required courses: Introductory Chemistry, Cell Biology (BISC 305), and Molecular Biology
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis
  • Note: Will take Sophomores who have not had Molecular Biology if they take at first available opportunity

Snyder-Mackler, Lynn

Department of Physical Therapy

Muscle function and knee stability related to injury and osteoarthritis.

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum time for a project: One semester plus one summer
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Song, Jia

Department of Biological Sciences

Examining the regulatory roles of small RNAs in early development.

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer
  • Classes: Freshman and Sophomore
  • Note: Students are highly encouraged to pursue a senior thesis

Tallamy, Douglas

Department of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology

The impact of introduced plants on food web complexity and ecosystem function.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum time for a project: One semester
  • Preferred courses: BISC 302
  • Classes: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Tanis, Jessica

Department of Biological Sciences

Characterization of novel regulators of post-synaptic signaling in C. elegans

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.3
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer
  • Preferred Courses: Cell Biology (BISC 305), Molecular Biology, Genetics; will consider students who have not yet taken these courses but are planning to do so
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a Senior thesis
     

Targett, Timothy

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Ecology of estuarine and coastal marine fishes: physiological ecology of feeding, digestion, growth, and survival.

Status: All positions filled

Tomatsu, Shunji

A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Skeletal Dysplasia Center

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Preferred courses: Cell Biology (BISC 305)
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

van Golen, Kenneth

Department of Biological Sciences

Mechanisms of cancer metastasis focusing on the role of the Rho GTPases in regulating the cancer cell cytoskeleton.

Status: All positions filled

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior

Wommack, Eric

Department of Plant & Soil Sciences

Exploration of unknown viruses and microorganisms using high-throughput DNA sequencing and bioinformatic analysis.

Status: Accepting Applications

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer
  • Preferred courses: Microbiology, Molecular Biology
  • Classes: Sophomore, Junior
  • Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis
  • Note: Sophomores are preferred