Research Opportunities

Develop efficient stem cell therapy for CNS degenerative diseases

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Yuguo Lei
Contact Email
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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Ancient Carbon Isotope Records and Climate Change

Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Faculty Advisor
Ross Secord
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Start Date
Mid March - early April
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
Up to 20

Prepare samples for stable carbon isotope analysis in labs at UNL. Samples are from ancient soils collected in Wyoming and New Mexico. The goal is to identify intervals of carbon cycle disturbance, which often coincide with climate change. Applicants should be geoscience majors or have a strong interest in geology.

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Toddler Sleep Project

Child, Youth and Family Studies
Faculty Advisor
Victoria Molfese
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Start Date
June 1
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
10

The Toddler Sleep Project studies sleep and self-regulation behaviors in children 2 ½ - 3 ½ years of age. Research teams visit the children's homes and the children and parents come into the lab to engage in several tasks. Students helping in the lab have opportunities to observe children's and parents behaviors, assist with data collection, date reduction and data entry, and to work with the research team on interpretation of study findings, collection of research literature, and manuscript writing.

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Plant Diseases - Fungal Pathogens and Crop Resistance

Plant Pathology
Faculty Advisor
James Steadman
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Start Date
Summer or Academic Year
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
20 during Summer, 10 during Academic Year

Research will involve using molecular and classical methods to characterize isolates of fungal pathogens (biotrophs & necrotrophs) to determine diversity in the populations. Using appropriate isolates to screen crop plant lines for resistance to the specific pathogen isolates. Molecular tools will be used to trace the movement of fungal pathogen isolates across states/countries. The lab has state, national and international goals to improve food security. Students, visiting scientists & technologists are from Brazil, Africa, Caribbean and the Americas.

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Development of Microfluidic Devices for Cell Mechanics Research

Mechanical & Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
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Start Date
Summer or Fall
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-20 hours/week (depending on application)

The objective of our project is to develop microfluidic devices for cell mechanics research. This research includes fundamental experimental research on droplet-based channel devices and microfluidic device development for fabrication of hydrogel substrates with stiffness gradient.

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