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2020 DART Summer Program

The NIDA-funded Drug Abuse Research Training Program (DART) at MUSC is accepting applications for the 2019 DART Summer Research Fellowship Program. This is a 10-week research training program for undergraduate, graduate & medical students. Accepted students will receive 1-on-1 mentorship on a research project and work full-time in a lab.

Students can also expect to experience collecting data, running statistical analysis, training through weekly didactic seminars, scientific writing, and presenting their work at the annual Summer Research Day.

Applications are due February 1, 2020. Candidates should complete the online application and submit their CV and Letter of Interest on our website, www.musc.edu/dart. For additional questions, please contact DART@musc.edu.

Posted on December 6, 2019 in Research

Project for Data Analysis and Bioinformatics-Savvy Students

Who: Students savvy in data analysis and bioinformatics

What: A six-month project at MUSC that would require data analysis with a bioinformatic lens, and then data interpretation, and would have potential for first authorship. Some funding available to support, would be looking to complete this project over the next 6 months. Project involves a proteomic and phospho-proteomic experiment with Harvard proteomic core of human liver biopsy samples collected from patients before and after treatment for hepatitis C. They have done a lot of work in this area characterizing transcriptional changes in the liver and how interferon signaling changes as a result of HCV treatment (in relation to treatment outcome), and now we are extending this to see what happens to proteome, as in this field the two don’t always correlate and there may be new insights. This is observational, correlative science. To do this project well after these first steps, the project will benefit from a deeper dive to extract as much meaning as possible

If you are interested in this project, please contact Lancie Affonso at affonsol@cofc.edu for more information.

Posted on December 4, 2019 in Research

Student Opportunity Center (SOC)

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Posted on November 26, 2019 in Internships & Jobs, Research, Scholarships, Grants & Awards

Research Specialist I – Neurosciences/Research

What: Seeking a committed and motivated individual to provide data analysis support to various imaging (MRI) research projects (rodent models). Analyze imaging data using image analysis software (e.g., Freesurfer, SPM, FSL, MRIcron, ImageJ), registration/normalization pipelines and statistics software (e.g., SPSS, R, SAS, Microsoft Excel). For full details on the position, please check out the job posting.

To Apply: Please apply through the online application.

Please contact Dr. Falangola at falangol@musc.edu with any questions or inquiries.

Posted on November 20, 2019 in Research

Honors Directed/Co-Authorship Opportunity

Honors Directed and/or Publication co-author opportunity for a HONS student who knows R programming to work on an open-source software project, LipidMatch.

Check out this link and Contact Lancie Affonso, Director, Data Science Undergraduate Program at affonsol@cofc.edu if you are interested.

Posted on November 13, 2019 in Research

Research Opportunities for Biology and Geology Majors

Please click “read more” below to check out some potential research opportunities for Biology and Geology majors. Please contact Dr. Jean Everett at everettjj@cofc.edu for more information.

 

 

 

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Macbridea caroliniana, Carolina bird’s in a nest, is a very rare plant species, about which very little is known. It is seldom seen.

The Butler Foundation has recently bought a significant chunk of land along the Black River, north of Jamestown and west of Andrews, other side of the Santee River, and probably 1.5-2 hours from Charleston. It’s my understanding that their intent is a combination of conservation, preservation, education, some public access and some scientific research.

The Foundation hired Celie Dailey to document botanical aspects of the property. Celie stumbled over an enormous population of Macbridea – third largest in the state and 5th largest in its range. So little is known about this species, and Celie has now committed to a series of enquiries that will involve several independent research projects at The Citadel, where she is a Master’s student, culminating in a thesis.

Celie has more than enough potential work for her thesis, but there is much more to be explored. The species is of concern, but not yet listed, and the Fish and Wildlife Service is eager to learn more about the ecology of the species, with the idea of restoring populations, rather than having to list the species on the Endangered Species List.

Conversation with relevant partners has revealed several areas where student research would be appropriate, and welcomed. The main ones include a population genetics study. The species is rhizomatous, and there is a serious question about the maternal line independence. Another is about pollinators and the potential for self-pollination. There’s little known about pollination.

A third question involves seed propagation. Celie and April Punsalan (FWS) have been collecting and collating seeds for the past several months. To my knowledge, there is nothing known about seed propagation for this species, including the importance of mycorrhizae. The FWS has a new greenhouse at Bears Bluff, on Wadmalaw, which could be used for germination experiments.

Additional questions involve hydrology and soils, with the idea of wells being installed in the different “zones” of the metapopulation. This is a species with very limited known habitat information, and Celie has found it over a wide-spread set of hydrological conditions. But why??? We don’t know.

An additional issue is that Celie has found the species with a fairly wide variety of indicator species – indicators that don’t align with each other based on soils. That also seems like an area to explore.

Beyond normal College funding potential, there is some possibility of funding through the Butler Foundation or the FWS. There is certainly the probability of novel and publishable student research projects.

Initial contact can be made through Dr. Jean Everett (everettj@cofc.edu)

Posted on November 12, 2019 in Research

Research Opportunity in Neuroscience at MUSC

The lab of Christopher Cowan in the Department of Neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina is looking for an undergraduate student to assist with experiments related to mouse models of autism. This project will focus on the interplay between neuroscience and immunology in autism models. Research work will include assisting with genotyping, brain collection and sectioning, immunohistochemistry, brain cell isolation, and a number of molecular techniques.

Volunteers should dedicate 6-12 hours per week to this research. There is flexibility depending on class schedules. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain research experience while networking for career development. The Cowan lab is very friendly and there is a wealth of knowledge from which to learn.

If interested, please send your resume to Catherine Bridges at svetchar@musc.edu.

Posted on November 11, 2019 in Research

2020 DART Summer Program

The NIDA-funded Drug Abuse Research Training Program (DART) at MUSC is accepting applications for the 2019 DART Summer Research Fellowship Program. This is a 10-week research training program for undergraduate, graduate & medical students. Accepted students will receive 1-on-1 mentorship on a research project and work full-time in a lab.

Students can also expect to experience collecting data, running statistical analysis, training through weekly didactic seminars, scientific writing, and presenting their work at the annual Summer Research Day.

Applications are due February 1, 2020. Candidates should complete the online application and submit their CV and Letter of Interest on our website, www.musc.edu/dart. For additional questions, please contact DART@musc.edu.

Posted on November 4, 2019 in Internships & Jobs, Research

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