Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Motility and Adhesion by Clostridium perfringens

Food Science and Technology / Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor
Kurt Piepenbrink
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Start Date
10/15/18
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE for future funding
Hours Per Week
10

This goal of this project is to understand how Clostridium perfringens uses extracellular appendages to move across solid surfaces and adhere to host cells. In particular we are interested in the type IV pilus of C. perfringens, a bacterial extracellular appendage found in many gram-negative enteric pathogens but largely uncharacterized in gram-positive species, including C. perfringens. Working with a collaborating group at Virginia Tech, we hope to characterize the structure and function of the C.

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Identification of the Chemical Components of Soybean Seed and Sprout Related to Anti-inflammatory Activity

Food Science and Technology
Faculty Advisor
Kaustav Majumder
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Start Date
10/1/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by faculty funding, can apply for UCARE for future funding
Hours Per Week
15

The overall goal of the project is to improve the health beneficial effect of soybean-derived bioactive food molecules in reducing the prevalence of chronic metabolic diseases. To this end, the objective of this proposed project is to identify the bioactive molecules in soybean and its sprout which may potentially exhibit anti-inflammatory activities in human gastric epithelial cells.

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Genome editing through CRISPR/Cas9

Nebraska Center for Virology
Faculty Advisor
Hernan Garcia-Ruiz
Contact Email
Start Date
10/1/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by faculty funding, can apply for UCARE for future funding
Hours Per Week
10-20

GENOME EDITING UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

 Two Undergraduate Research Assistant position are open to work on genome editing as part of our project on and molecular mechanisms of antiviral defense in plants.

 REQUIREMENTS

- Highly motivated, responsible and dependable.

- Interest in basic scientific research.

- Interest in genetics, genomic, genome editing, plant biology, virology or Computational Biology.

- Interest in contributing to journal publications.

 RESPONSIBILITIES

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Combating Foodborne Pathogens in Poultry Products

Food Science and Technology
Faculty Advisor
Byron Chaves
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Start Date
5/20/19 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Apply for UCARE Summer 19 for funding

There are several opportunities to work within the field of poultry and meat safety. At this time, I have projects in mind to work with non-traditional poultry products, identifying pathogens and control measures.

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Food Security, Health, and Nutrition in Zambia and Ethiopia

Nutrition and Health Sciences
Faculty Advisor
Mary S. Willis
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Start Date
6/1/2019
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding Summer 19

This research project is part of an education abroad, global research experience based in Ethiopia and Zambia. This food security, health, and nutrition project is focused on studying the availability, accessibility, use-ability, and sustainability of foods, the impact of micro and macro-nutrient deficiency on health, and on diseases that prevent the use-ability of food.

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Development of an educational video game on corn-water-ethanol-beef nexus

Biological Systems Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jeyamkondan Subbiah
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 19-20
Hours Per Week
10-20

This project uses systems thinking and interdisciplinary integration approaches to develop a novel immersive educational simulation game and associated materials designed to highlight the role and importance of corn-water-ethanol-beef (CWEB) systems in supporting the ever increasing demands for food, energy, and water in the United States.

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Linux Admin

Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor
Tomas Helikar
Contact Email
Start Date
5/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Paid, can also appy for UCARE 19-20

We are looking for an ambitious student who loves linux and unix to help us support our software engineering team as a Linux Server Admin. Our group works at the interface of computer science, biology, and mathematics by applying computational approaches to the seas of data in biomedical research. One of the main interests of our group is the development of technologies to make large-scale computational approaches accessible and more collaborative to a wider scientific audience, as well as to life sciences students who may or may not have been exposed to computational methods before.

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Bioinformatic and genomic methods in small RNA profiling

Nebraska Center for Virology
Faculty Advisor
Hernan Garcia-Ruiz
Contact Email
Start Date
6/1/18
Paid or Volunteer
Paid, can also appy for UCARE 19-20
Hours Per Week
20

Implementation of design of genomic and bioinformatics approaches to analyze protein, transcript and small RNA sequencing data.

Requirements:

- Knowledge and/or strong interest in bioinformatics, computational biology or genomics.

- Knowledge and/or strong interest python or perl programming, bash, linux.

-  Ability to work both independently and in a team setting.

Freshmen and sophomores are strongly encourage to apply.

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