Research Opportunities

Peppermint mites: Assessment of Essential Oils Against External Parasites of Animals

SVMBS
Faculty Advisor
Roberto Cortinas
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Start Date
May 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
20

The rise of organic livestock production, as well as the emergence of insecticide and dewormer resistance, is changing the way in which veterinarians will manage parasite problems. The Cortinas lab is assessing how organic livestock producers in our region are dealing with parasites and also investigating approaches that could help both organic and conventional livestock producers. One parasite that impacts both organic and conventional poultry production is the northern fowl mite.

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Interactions between rice blast fungus and rice-leaf-mimicking surfaces

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
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Start Date
Negotiable
Paid or Volunteer
Either
Hours Per Week
The goal of the research is to understand how rice blast fungus Magnaporthe interacts with surfaces that mimic the rice leaf. Although this fungus affects significantly rice production, less understood is how the fungus adheres to and interacts with the surface of the rice leaf. To answer this question, we test how the fungus grows on samples made of engineering materials with controlled surface wettability and topography, in collaboration with Dr.
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Hydrogel fabrication and characterization for cell mechanics research

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
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Start Date
Negotiable
Paid or Volunteer
Either
Hours Per Week

Hydrogel is widely used to study how mechanical stimulations affect the growth and behavior of cells. Currently we fabricate polyacrylamide gels on which breast stem and cancer cells grow, and these hydrogel substrates can have either uniform or varying stiffness. Thus, the mechanical property of the hydrogel substrates needs to be characterized rigorously. We seek one undergraduate student researcher with background in science and engineering to help with all aspects of research.

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Saline Wetland Restoration

School of Natural Resources
Faculty Advisor
Amy Burgin
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Start Date
2015
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week

Student researchers will be involved in the saline wetland restoration project, and will develop and lead their own research experiment.

Research period can be either summer 2015 or academic year of 2015.

Our lab webpage: http://burginlab.weebly.com/ For Saline wetland restoration program:

http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/parksfacilities/wetlands/wetlandspartnership.htm
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Develop efficient stem cell therapy for CNS degenerative diseases

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Yuguo Lei
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Start Date
Dec 2014 or contact Dr. Lei
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
Negotiable
Our new lab has multiple positions for undergraduate researcher.  We work on developing efficient stem cell therapy for various disease via combining human pluripotent stem cell derived cells, biomaterials and proteins.  See our website: http://leilab.unl.edu/


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Genetic and bioinformatic analysis of antiviral RNA silencing

Nebraska Center for Virology
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Hernan Garcia-Ruiz
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Start Date
October, 2014
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-20

Research in our lab focuses on the mechanisms of virus replication and antiviral RNA silencing. RNA silencing is a mechanism of gene regulation with essential roles in growth, development, genome maintenance, and response to biotic and abiotic stress. In plants RNA silencing is the main antiviral defense system. All viruses have an RNA component potentially exposed to silencing. How does the cell distinguish self from viral RNA? The mechanisms responsible for recognition of viral RNA by the silencing machinery are not known.

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Discovering how plants survive winter!

Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor
Rebecca Roston
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Start Date
Fall 2014 or ASAP
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
10-20
Freezing is an important agricultural stress that costs just the US millions annually. Unfortunately, we still understand relatively little about how plants withstand freezing. The lab has currently identified many mutants that resist freezing, but these need to be further characterized.
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Mechatronics & Robotics

Mechanical & Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jeff Hawks
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Start Date
ASAP
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week

Work in areas of robotics and mechatronic systems and design. Areas of work include design, assembly, and testing.

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Dissecting The Role And Mechanism Of Ubiquitination In Tomato Immunity Against Pseudomonas Syringae

Plant Pathology
Faculty Advisor
Lirong Zeng
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Start Date
September 22, 2014
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-20 hours/week

Research in my lab focuses on the identification and characterization of genes and signal transduction pathways involved in plant immunity against microbial pathogens, particularly the roles and molecular mechanism by which the ubiquitination system regulates host defense responses in plants. The long-term goal of our research is to elucidate and eventually manipulate for crop improvement the key molecular mechanisms that plants use to defend themselves against different biotic and abiotic stresses.

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Exploring Below-Ground Biodiversity

Plant Pathology
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Thomas Powers
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Start Date
Fall 2014 or Spring 2015
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
1-10

This research project explores the identity and diversity of soil organisms in native and agricultural plant communities across North America. We use light and scanning electron microscopy combined with DNA barcoding to characterize plant- parasitic nematodes. All research data associated with nematode species are added to a customized database, geographically mapped, and incorporated into our Plant and Insect Parasitic Nematode web site. Student researchers will be involved all phases of the research, from field collection to DNA analysis. Applicants with GIS experience preferred.

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