Two undergraduate students will serve as research assistants in ongoing projects in the laboratory. Each will assist with studies involving mice (feeding, breeding, etc) and tissues. There will be the opportunity to learn various biochemical and molecular biology lab skills, including tissue culture. Students must major in biochemistry or a related STEM field. Preference will be given to students interested in pursuing advanced training in biochemistry post baccalaureate.
The project investigates the swimming of Vorticella convallaria using video microscopy and microscale channels. This ciliated protozoan has two swimming forms (similar to microscale submarine), and our preliminary observation is that V. convallaria shows different swimming capability depending on the mode. The goal of the project is to record swimming patterns of V. convallaria in various viscous media and microscale geometry. The UCARE student will culture V. convallaria cells in the laboratory, capture swimming of V.
Japanese visual pop culture, especially anime and manga, is becoming more popular in the US, and they include very interesting and useful examples of science and engineering education. For instance, “Neon Genesis Evangelion” features intriguing designs of Angel and Eva, some of which can be controversial in terms of science and engineering, and Japanese monster movies such as “Godzilla” violate basic scaling law of mechanics.
This position will document 2 years of interdisciplinary design studios with an open-source and copyleft approach with the aim to offer perspective on the role of copyright and traditional mindsets on authorship in a contemporary architecture practice culture. A well, student worker will assist the faculty advisor in a design and fabrication project in the area of open-source and copyleft. Student worker will need to have digital skills in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator) as well as modeling proficiency in Rhinoceros 3d.
The study of the new materials requires measurements at the micro- and nanoscales. The interphase of the composite materials, biological cells, and 2D materials are just some examples that illustrate the demand for of the measurement techniques at small scales. Nanoindentation and atomic force microscopy (AFM) are two popular techniques which can be applied for characterization of mechanical properties. More specifically, polymers (synthetic and bio-based) exhibit time-dependent behavior that is more challenging to quantify.
The export of DOC from the Sand Hills may have major implications for downstream water quality. Recent studies have shown an inverse relationship between organic carbon and nitrate across a wide range of environments (Taylor and Townsend, 2010), including streams draining a broad range of terrestrial settings. We hypothesize that water originating in the Sand Hills is relatively low in nitrate due to sufficient DOC supply.
Ion containing polymers or ionomers are widely used in many renewable energy based applications which can help us to achieve clean energy economy. Ionomers in several tens of nanometer (nm) thick films behave very differently as compared to several tens of micron thick bulk membranes. The polymer chains and water molecules when confined in sub-micron systems, the ion conduction properties drastically decrease influencing the efficiency of many energy applications, such as fuel cells, water electrolysis, supercapacitors and many more.
This project focuses on enhancing diagnosis and diagnostic testing for respiratory and ocular pathogens of cattle and enteric pathogens of swine. The student would work to develop and validate proteomic and molecular diagnostic techniques including MALDI-TOF Mass spectrometry, Real Time PCR, and other immunodiagnostic tools. A student with an interest in microbiology and/or veterinary medicine that would have summer availability is sought. Potential for a UCARE project is encouraged but not required.
Questions regarding the ecological and functional characteristics of natural microbial consortium under dynamic environmental conditions can be addressed using comprehensive mathematical models and ‘omics’-based data analysis.