MUSC lab seeking student research assistants to assist with human gastrointestinal organoid research

Dr. Jorge Munera’s laboratory (@Muneralab on Twitter) in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology is looking for student volunteers interested in human gastrointestinal organoid research.

The opportunity: The lab uses human GI organoids to study human GI development and disease.

  • The schedule can be flexible (work days or weekends), but students will be expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Benefits: Students will be trained on various lab techniques and will have the opportunity to develop an independent research project that can count towards Honors Immersed or could even develop into a Bachelor’s Essay.

Great fit for: Freshman and sophomore Biology or related majors preferred, but juniors and seniors with research experience will be considered.

How to apply: For all students interested, please email your CV to

Learn the essentials of research and earn HONS credit with a brand-new HONS 102 course

A new pilot Honors course exposes students to the world of collaborative research between College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina.

The course: A one-credit HONS 102 class taught as an Express II course (runs from Oct. 10-Nov. 29). The class will meet on Wednesdays from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

  • Go deeper: The course will be taught by Dr. Suzanne Craig, DVM, past-chair of the MUSC Department of Comparative Medicine and past-director of MUSC’s Division of Laboratory Animal Resources.

What you’ll learn: Students will be introduced to the rules and regulations regarding pre-clinical (computer, cells, animal research) research, with substantive discussions about the ethics of research, research authorship, recordkeeping, and research conduct.

The benefits: The perfect way for aspiring student researchers to learn about the expectations of research, prepare themselves for the laboratory environment, and set themselves up as competitive candidates for research positions at MUSC and beyond.

Great fit for: The course is open to all Honors students interested in conducting pre-clinical research in a laboratory setting, particularly those who may not yet have any formal research experience. A terrific opportunity for those interested in conducting research at MUSC.

How to enroll: Interested students are encouraged to fill out this survey. The course will meet weekly for an hour-and-a-half on Wednesdays from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

MUSC Undergraduate Research Technician Opportunity


The Research: The Madan lab has an opening for a motivated undergraduate to participate in leading research on Protein Kinases and Phosphatases.

Qualifications: Interested students should have taken foundational chemistry lab course(s) and have experience in making lab reagents. Knowledge of protein purification will be useful. Selected students will also be trained in analyzing protein structure/functional assays.

Benefits: Students will develop skills in protein biochemistry and biophysics. Selected students can also join computational structural biology projects. Learned skills will prepare students for Grad-school and be the foundational toolkit for any proteins-based projects in the future.

Commitment: The initial position will be for the fall semester, September-December 2022, and will be extended depending on the student’s growth and availability. Working hours can be made flexible to accommodate the applicant’s studies, you will spend about 15 hours/week in the lab at MUSC.

Who Can Apply: Applicants should be of senior standing or recent graduate with coursework in biochemistry.

How to Apply: Please contact Dr. Lalima K. Madan at with application materials, including; a letter of interest, transcripts, and names of two references.

MUSC Microbiology and Immunology Research Opportunity

The Ferreira Lab in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at MUSC is recruiting bright and motivated students to assist with future research projects.

The Research: researchers will engineer cellular therapies for treating cancer and autoimmunity using chimeric antigen receptors.

Benefits: Students will be trained on a wide variety of techniques during this research process.

Commitment: The schedule for this opportunity is flexible, but requires at least a minimum of 12 hours per week.

Who Can Apply: Any student, regardless of experience, but preference will be given to Biology or related majors.

How to Apply: For all interested students, please email your CV, a short bio about yourself, and your career aspirations to and

Volunteer/staff opportunity in MUSC cancer immunotherapy research lab

Dr. Jen Wang, PhD, has an opening in her laboratory for a self-motivated Research Specialist I/Volunteer, to start during the fall semester (September-December range in 2022).

The research: The focus of Dr. Wang’s laboratory is to understand the mechanisms of tumor progression through analysis of both the cancer cells as well as the tumor infiltrated immune cells.

The benefits: This research experience will build up academic credit and develop skills in molecular and cellular biology.

  • There is the potential for this to become a paid position, depending on the candidate’s level of experience and availability.

Great fit for: Biology, chemistry, and biochemistry majors.

Learn more: Check out the job posting for the research specialist position, and then contact Dr. Wang ( to find out how you can get involved.

Research opportunity studying pediatric respiratory diseases at MUSC

Perform state-of-the-art gene therapy research with MUSC’s Darby Children’s Research Institute with the goal to identify novel therapeutic strategies for pediatric respiratory diseases that also currently have no treatments.

The opportunity: Students will gain experience and be trained on a variety of research techniques, while contributing to the development of novel gene therapy strategies to treat gene irregularities in an infant’s developing lung.

  • Students should expect to spend 5 to 10 hours per week in the lab.

Benefits: Hands-on learning of molecular biology and other techniques, with the opportunity of getting your name on a publication.

Great fit for: Biology majors and individuals interested in gaining research experience, students planning to pursue graduate studies, or those interested in a future career in biomedical research and the biotech industry. Looking for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

How to apply: Please apply with a letter explaining why you are interested in research and include your resume to:

Funded opportunity for student research assistant in local environmental exposure study

An NIH-funded research project here in Charleston is looking for a student research assistant.

The research: Investigating microplastic and phthalate exposure in wild bottlenose dolphins to understand how humans can impact the marine environment.

The Opportunity: Student researchers will participate in fieldwork with the project lead (Dr. Leslie Hart, Public Health), assist with sample preparation (including fish dissection), assist a graduate student with laboratory analyses of fish and bottlenose dolphin samples, perform literature searches and reviews, curate databases, and assist with statistical analyses and the preparation of manuscripts, reports, and presentations.

  • This is a paid ($11/hr), year-long opportunity (with the potential to last for several years); students will dedicate ~10 hours weekly during the academic year and 20 hours weekly during the summer months.

Benefits include developing new field work and lab skills, training on statistical and scientific methods, enhancing your scientific writing and presentation skills, and more. It’s also a project with Honors Immersed and Bachelor’s Essay potential!

Learn more: Click below for more details and application instructions. The deadline to apply is August 26.

Research opportunity:

I am seeking a research assistant to help with a study that will investigate microplastic and phthalate exposure in wild bottlenose dolphins and their prey.  Undergraduate students involved in this study will participate in fieldwork with the project lead (Dr. Leslie Hart, Public Health), assist with sample preparation (including fish dissection), assist a graduate student with laboratory analyses of fish and bottlenose dolphin samples, perform literature searches and reviews, curate databases, and assist with statistical analyses and the preparation of manuscripts, reports, and presentations.  The project team will meet weekly to set monthly goals, assess project needs, evaluate project status, discuss challenges, schedule deliverables, and review topic-related journal articles.  Training on statistical methods and scientific methods will occur throughout the academic year during these weekly meetings.

Timeline and time commitment:

Students interested in this project should be prepared to assist with research during the 2022-2023 academic year and summer 2023.  Preference will be given to rising sophomores interested in assisting for the 2022-2023, 2023-2024, AND 2024-2025 academic years (plus summer 2023 and 2024). Because sample collection, processing, and analysis will occur throughout the year, students will dedicate approximately 10 hours per week during the academic year and 20 hours per week during the summer months, at $11/hr.

Students engaging in this research opportunity will:

  1. Participate in field research
  2. Prepare biological samples for laboratory analyses
  3. Develop new ecotoxicological laboratory skills
  4. Perform a targeted literature search and develop a literature matrix
  5. Formulate testable research hypotheses and perform statistical analyses
  6. Enhance their scientific writing and presentation skills


  • US Citizen
  • Full-time student at the College of Charleston
  • Research assistants will be expected to commit at least 10 hours per week during the academic year and at least 20 hours per week in the summer
  • Research assistants will be expected to travel (domestically) for fieldwork (funding will be provided)

If you are interested, please send questions and the following materials to Dr. Hart ( by no later than August 26, 2022

  • Updated CV or Resume that includes all extracurricular activities and employment plans (for academic years and summers)
  • Year of Study, Major, Academic Achievements
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Statement of Interest (500 words) that includes all of the following:
    • Previous research experience, if applicable
    • What you can offer to the project and how long would you like to work on this project?
    • What you would like to get out of this experience?
    • Why you are interested in participating in this (or any) research?
    • Please describe your specific time management strategies
    • Any other relevant information that you would like to share

URCA funding available to support student research and research presentations

The College’s office of Undergraduate Research and Activities (URCA) has multiple funding resources to help students planning to conduct or present research during the upcoming school year.

Upcoming deadline: The first round of applications for RPG (Research Presentation Grants) and MAYS (Major Academic Year Support) are due August 29.

How these funds help: RPG funds help with travel costs for those presenting research at a conference, while MAYS grants help to cover student research expenses for projects carried out during the academic year.

To apply: Visit the URCA website for grant descriptions, guidelines, and the application form.