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Behnam Abasht Behnam Abasht, Ph.D. abasht Characterization of a muscle disease of unknown etiology in broiler chickens using next-generation RNA sequencing, metabolomics, histology, electron microscopy and bioinformatics <ul><li><div>Minimum GPA: 3.2</div></li><li><div>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer</div></li><li><div>Preferred courses: Introductory Biology</div></li><li><div>Classes: Sophomore, Junior</div></li><li><div>Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis<br></div></li></ul>
Robert Akins Robert E. Akins, Ph.D., F.A.H.A. rakinsA.I. duPont Hospital for Children Tissue engineering and regenerative therapies for heart disease. All positions filled <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 <li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters <li>Preferred courses: Cell Biology (BISC 305) <li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li></ul>
Harsh Bais Harsh Bais hbais How root exudation regulates plant-microbe interactions. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters </li><li>Required courses: Physiology </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior </li><li>Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis </li></ul>
Anjana Bhat abhat Early detection of autism; develop novel interventions for young and older children with autism <ul> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Minimum time for the project: 2 semesters </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li><li>Description: early detection of autism; develop novel interventions for young and older children with autism </li><li>Other: must have an interest in working with pediatric populations and must be committed to completing the preset, weekly lab hours </li></ul>
Stuart Binder-Macleod sbinder Identification of stimulation patterns that maximize force and minimize fatigue from human skeletal muscles. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.0 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior </li></ul>
Fidelma Boyd E. Fidelma Boyd, Ph.D. fboydInvestigation of the emergence and divergence of Gram-negative enteric bacterial pathogens. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer </li><li>Required courses: Introductory Microbiology would be good  but not essential<br></li><li>Classes:  Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior </li><li>Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis and summer research </li></ul>
Tim Bunnell Tim Bunnell, Ph.D. tbunnellClinical computational linguistics and phonetics. Accepting Applications <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.5 <li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters <li>Required courses: Anatomy, Physiology, and either Acoustic Phonetics or Laboratory Phonetics <li>Classes: Junior, Senior <li>Other: Semesters must be consecutive (excluding Winter session) </li></ul>
Matthew Butchbach Matthew E. R. Butchbach, Ph.D. butchbachA.I. duPont Hospital for Children Molecular Bases of and Therapeutic Strategies for Motor Neuron Diseases. All positions filled <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 <li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters and one summer <li>Preferred courses: Genetics (BISC 403), Molecular Biology (BISC 401), and Cell Biology (BISC 305) <li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior(will consider seniors who can commit to two semesters) <li>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. <li>Must have reliable transportation to AI duPont Hospital for Children </li></ul>
Sheau Ching Chai Sheau Ching Chai, Ph.D. scchai Chai Research Lab <ul> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior </li><li>Must be interested in pursuing a Senior Thesis </li><li>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. </li></ul> <p> </p>
Carlton Cooper Carlton R. Cooper, Ph.D. crcooperThe identification and regulation of cell adhesion proteins involved in prostate cancer preferential metastasis to bone. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: More than one year </li><li>Required courses: Cell Biology (BISC 305) and/or Molecular Biology </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior </li><li>Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis </li></ul>
Melinda Duncan Melinda K. Duncan, Ph.D., FARVO duncanmMolecular control of lens development and cataract formation. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.4 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: More than one year </li><li>Required courses: Genetics, Molecular Biology </li><li>Classes: Freshman, Sophomore </li><li>Note: Will take Sophomores who have not had Molecular Biology if they take at first available opportunity </li></ul>
Paul Fawcett Paul T. Fawcett, Ph.D. pfawcettA.I. duPont Hospital for Children Immunology of idiopathic and infectious inflammatory diseases. Accepting Applications <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 <li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters <li>Required courses: Immunology, Cell Biology (BISC 305) and/or Molecular Biology <li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior </li></ul>
Patrick Gaffney pgaffney Population and aquacultural genetics of marine fish and invertebrates. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.3 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: One semester </li><li>Preferred courses: Genetics and Evolutionary Biology </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li><li>Note: May work in our lab as part of the <a href="http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/academics/undergraduate/semesterform.shtml">Semester-in-Residence Program</a> (for Fall semester of Junior or Senior year) </li></ul>
Deni Galileo Deni S. Galileo, Ph.D. dgalileoGlioblastoma brain cancer and early brain development. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.7 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: More than one year </li><li>Preferred courses: Cell Biology (BISC 305), Molecular Biology, etc. </li><li>Classes: Sophomore and Junior </li><li>Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis </li></ul>
James Galloway James (Cole) Galloway jgalloway Technology and training for infants and toddlers with serious mobility impairments. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.0 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters </li><li>Preferred courses: Human/Mammalian Anatomy/Physiology, Developmental Biology, Developmental Psychology, and Biomechanics </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li><li>Other: Interest in young infant behavior required </li><li>Note: Experience with young infants helpful </li></ul>
Jason Gleghorn Jason Gleghorn, Ph.D. gleghornTissue morphodynamics and regenerative medicine <ul> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.4 </li><li>Preferred Courses: Cell Biology (BISC 305), Molecular Biology of the Cell (BISC 401) </li><li>Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors - only if interested in pursuing senior thesis </li></ul>
Anilkumar Gopalakrishnapillai Anilkumar Gopalakrishnapillai, Ph.D. anilgA.I. duPont Hospital for Children Modeling Down Syndrome Acute Myeloid Leukemia Accepting Applications <ul> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 <li>Minimum time for project: Two Semesters <li>Required courses : Cell Biology (BISC 305), Molecular Biology of the Cell (BISC 401) <li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li></ul>
Thomas Hanson Thomas E. Hanson, Ph.D. thansonHow do microbes live in the lab (microbial physiology) and in nature (environmental proteomics)? <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.0 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li></ul>
David Kirchman dkirchman Marine microbial ecology, especially role of microbes in global carbon cycle. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.0 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: One semester </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li><li>Other: Must apply and be admitted to the <a href="http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/academics/for-current-undergraduates/semester-in-residences">Semester-in-Residence Program</a> </li></ul>
SalilLachkeSalil A. Lachke, Ph.D. salilMolecular and systems biology of mammalian eye development and disease. <ul> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.5 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer </li><li>Recommended Courses: Cell Biology (BISC 305), Molecular Biology of the Cell (BISC 401)<br></li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior </li><li>Must be interested in pursuing a Senior thesis </li><li>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. </li></ul>
Gary Laverty Gary H. Laverty, Ph.D. lavertyOsmoregulation and sensory biology in the unicellular protist Tetrahymena thermophila <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.0 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters </li><li>Required courses: At least one of Cell Biology (BISC 305), Molecular Biology (BISC401), or General Physiology (BISC306) </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li></ul>
Jung-Youn Lee Jung-Youn Lee, Ph.D. jyleeUnderstanding intercellular communication / signaling process and the role of protein phosphorylation mediated by Casein Kinase 1 family members in plant systems. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer </li><li>Required courses: Basic biology and biochemistry </li><li>Classes: Junior </li><li>Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis </li></ul>
Michele Lobo Dr. Michele Lobo, PT, PhD malobo Website <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters </li><li>Preferred courses: Previous coursework in anatomy and physiology, child development, Developmental Biology, or Developmental Psychology helpful but not required </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li><li>Other: Interest in pediatrics or child development required </li><li>Note: Experience with young children and/or children with disabilities helpful </li><li>Research Description: Dr. Lobo’s research program brings together experts across disciplines from fashion through child development, engineering, and rehabilitation. </li><li>The aims are: <ul> <li>to better understand developmental processes and how movement impacts language, cognition, and social interaction </li><li>to design interventions and rehabilitation devices to advance global development for infants and children with disabilities. </li></ul></li></ul>
Edward Lyman elyman Molecular basis of human physiology and disease. <ul> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.0 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: one year </li><li>Required courses: phys 207, 208 </li><li>Quantitative Biology majors only </li></ul>
John McDonald John H. McDonald, Ph.D. mcdonaldNatural selection on nuclear genes in marine invertebrates. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.0 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: More than one year </li><li>Classes: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior </li></ul>
Douglas Miller dmiller Benthic ecology, with emphasis on intertidal and nearshore habitats and fauna, especially groundwater seeps, temperate worm reefs, and impacts of invasive species. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.0 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: One semester </li><li>Preferred courses: MAST 627 </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li><li>Other: Must be interested in senior thesis, admitted to Honors program, or admitted to the <a href="http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/academics/undergraduate/semesterform.shtml">Semester-in-Residence Program</a> </li></ul>
Ramona Neunuebel Ramona Neunuebel, PhD. neunrMolecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogen survival in human cells. <ul> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.5 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer </li><li>Required Courses: Molecular Biology of the Cell (BISC 401), Microbiology (BISC 300). </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior </li><li>Must be interested in pursuing a Senior thesis </li><li>Note: Students who have not taken the courses above will be considered if they are planning to register for these at the earliest opportunity. </li></ul>
Anja Nohe Anja Nohe, Ph.D. anjanoheDevelop and utilize state-of-the-art techniques to elucidate changes in cellular communication that lead to diseases as diverse as cancer and osteoporosis. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.0 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters </li><li>Required courses: Introductory Chemistry, Cell Biology (BISC 305), or Molecular Biology </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior </li><li>Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis </li></ul>
Mark Parcells Mark Parcells, Ph.D. parcellsMolecular Virology and Tumor Immunology of Marek’s Disease <ul> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.0 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li></ul>
Shawn Polson Shawn Polson, Ph.D. polsonMicrobial and Viral Ecology through Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics <ul> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer </li><li>Preferred courses: Introductory Microbiology, Molecular Biology </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior </li><li>Must be interested in pursuing a Senior Thesis </li></ul> <p> </p>
Tariq Rahman Tariq Rahman, Ph.D. trahmanA.I. duPont Hospital for Children Biomedical and orthopedic engineering. Accepting Applications <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 <li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters <li>Required courses: Physiology, Biomechanics, and System Dynamics <li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li></ul>
Darcy Reisman dreisman Movement control related to neurologic injury, particularly stroke. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters </li><li>Classes: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior </li><li>Note: Familiarity with computers helpful </li></ul>
Tania Roth Tania Roth, Ph.D. troth Behavioral Epigenetics <ul> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters </li><li>Preferred courses: Molecular Biology, Introduction to Neuroscience </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li></ul>
Jaclyn Schwarz Jaclyn Schwarz, Ph.D. jschwarz Developmental Neuroimmunology <ul> <li>Minimum GPA:  3.4 </li><li>Minimum time for project:  Two semesters </li><li>Preferred Courses:  Intro Neuroscience, Molecular Biology </li><li>Classes:  Sophomore and Junior </li><li>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. </li></ul>
Erica Selva Erica M. Selva, Ph.D. selvaGenetic and molecular control of signal transduction. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: More than one year </li><li>Required courses: Genetics, Cell Biology (BISC 305), Molecular Biology </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior </li><li>Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis </li></ul>
Angelia Seyfferth Angelia Seyfferth, Ph.D. angelias Nutrient and contaminant cycling at the soil-plant interface. <ul> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Preferred courses: General Chemistry </li><li>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.<br>  </li></ul>
Thomas Shaffer Thomas H. Shaffer, MS.E., Ph.D. tshafferA.I. duPont Hospital for Children Developmental respiratory physiology. All positions filled <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.5 <li>Minimum time for a project: More than one year <li>Required courses: Physiology or Bioengineering <li>Classes: Junior </li></ul>
Robert Sikes Robert A. Sikes, Ph.D. rasikesDevelopment and progression of human prostate and breast cancer. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.0 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters </li><li>Required courses: Introductory Chemistry, Cell Biology (BISC 305), and Molecular Biology </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior </li><li>Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis </li><li>Note: Will take Sophomores who have not had Molecular Biology if they take at first available opportunity </li></ul>
Lynn Snyder-Mackler lmackler Muscle function and knee stability related to injury and osteoarthritis. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.0 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: One semester plus one summer </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li></ul>
Jia Song Jia L. Song, Ph.D. jsongExamining the regulatory roles of small RNAs in early development. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer </li><li>Classes: Freshman and Sophomore </li><li>Note: Students are highly encouraged to pursue a senior thesis </li></ul>
Douglas Tallamy Douglas Tallamy, Ph.D. dtallamyThe impact of introduced plants on food web complexity and ecosystem function. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.0 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: One semester </li><li>Preferred courses: BISC 302 </li><li>Classes: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li></ul>
Jessica Tanis Jessica Tanis, Ph.D. jtanisCharacterization of novel regulators of post-synaptic signaling in C. elegans <ul> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.3 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer </li><li>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 </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior </li><li>Must be interested in pursuing a Senior thesis<br>  </li></ul>
Timothy Targett ttargett Ecology of estuarine and coastal marine fishes: physiological ecology of feeding, digestion, growth, and survival. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: One semester </li><li>Preferred courses: Ecology and Ichthyology </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior </li><li>Other: Sophomores or Juniors should apply to the <a href="http://urp.udel.edu/scholars/SEHandbook.pdf">Science and Engineering Scholars Program</a> (Sophomores apply for research during the following summer), OR apply to the <a href="http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/academics/undergraduate/semesterform.shtml">Semester-in-Residence Program</a> </li></ul>
Shunji Tomatsu Shunji Tomatsu MD. PhD. stomatsuA.I. duPont Hospital for Children Skeletal Dysplasia Center All positions filled <ul> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 <li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters <li>Preferred courses: Cell Biology (BISC 305) <li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior, Senior </li></ul>
Eric Wommack K. Eric Wommack, Ph.D. ewommackExploration of unknown viruses and microorganisms using high-throughput DNA sequencing and bioinformatic analysis. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters plus one summer </li><li>Preferred courses: Microbiology, Molecular Biology </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior </li><li>Must be interested in pursuing a senior thesis </li><li>Note: Sophomores are preferred </li></ul>
Kenneth van Golen Kenneth L. van Golen, Ph.D. klvgMechanisms of cancer metastasis focusing on the role of the Rho GTPases in regulating the cancer cell cytoskeleton. <ul class="list-no-indent"> <li>Minimum GPA: 3.2 </li><li>Minimum time for a project: Two semesters </li><li>Classes: Sophomore, Junior </li></ul>

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