Currently, these research positions are all open for application.

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Research Focus - Cardiology (London Lab)

Project/Position Details

Dr. Barry London's laboratory studies the molecular and genetic basis of sudden cardiac death in animal models, human families with inherited rhythm disorders, and populations at increased risk for sudden death. Please see our website for more information.

You will assist by stocking supplies, cleaning, labeling, autoclaving, preparing solutions, and working with lab staff to setup and conduct experiments. Routine experiments include DNA extraction, PCR/genotyping, molecular cloning, and western blots. With enough experience, you may be able to work more independently.

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Qualifications

Lab experience is a plus but we are willing to train biological sciences/medical school-focused applicants. Applicant must be responsible, hard-working, dependable, and organized.

Time Commitment 

 At least 10 hours a week (preferably more) for at least 3-4 hours at a time. Preferably able to work longer summer hours.

Compensation

  • Volunteer (Optional 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition)
  • Academic Credit (1-4 credit hour independent study)
  • Pay

Start Date

  • Immediate
  • Near future

Timeline

  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

Apply By

Friday, February 1, 2019

How to apply

If interested, please email our lab manager Gina Bartleson (gina-bartleson@uiowa.edu) with your resume/CV and a letter addressing why you are interested in working in this lab. Please list relevant courses taken and grades.


Research Focus - Endocrinology (O'Neill Lab)

Project/Position Details

We are interested in how insulin regulates skeletal muscle protein synthesis, mitochondrial bioenergetics, and muscle atrophy. Our lab aims to identify the changes that lead to mitochondrial abnormalities and muscle disease in diabetes.
Dr. O’Neill’s laboratory is located in the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (PBDB).
Volunteers would most likely conduct genotyping by PCR reactions to begin, but could quickly move on to other things including cell/tissue culture, transfections, cloning, histology, etc depending on their interest and progress.

Qualifications

• There is no experience necessary, but should be open to working with animal models.
• Applicants should have a GPA of 3.4 or higher.

Time Commitment 

12 hours per week.

Compensation

  • Volunteer (Optional 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition)
  • Academic Credit (1-4 credit hour independent study)
  • Pay

Start Date

  • Immediate
  • Near future

Timeline

  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

How to apply

Interested students should email brian-oneill@uiowa.edu expressing their interest and include their current resume and cumulative GPA. After students contact Dr. O’Neill, he will talk to the student and briefly explain the projects in the lab and introduce them to the Lab Manager, Christie Penniman.

 


Research Focus - Pediatrics (O'Dorisio Lab)

Project/Position Details

This research lab is located in the Medical Laboratories Building and focuses on the preclinical evaluation of small molecules targeting cancerous receptors for diagnosis and radiotherapy of cancer.

The position provides an opportunity to join the research lab to develop and evaluate the in vitro and preclinical model for future clinical translation for peptide-receptor directed radionuclide therapy in patients with neuroendocrine tumor. There are a few receptors of interest as the potential target for radiotherapy. Peptide-based ligands will be labeled with diagnostic and therapeutic radionuclides as radiopharmaceuticals and further assessed for the efficacy and toxicity in vitro and in preclinical settings.

Qualifications

Applicants should be independent with strong organizational skills and record keeping.
Applicants should have a GPA of 3.4 or higher.
Preference will be given to applicants who plan to pursue advanced training in a related area.

Time Commitment 

Students must be available for 8-10 hours per week in blocks of time that 4 hours or greater two days a week.

Compensation

  • Volunteer (Optional 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition)
  • Academic Credit (1-4 credit hour independent study)
  • Pay

Start Date

  • Spring Semester
  • Summer Semester
  • Fall Semester

Timeline

  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

How to apply

Contact Dr. Dijie Liu (dijie-liu@uiowa.edu) directly with a brief statement of what interests you about the advertisement above. List relevant courses taken with grades. Indicate how many hours per week you have available.

 


Research Focus - Book Illustrations: Print to coloring book (Maierhofer Group)

Project/Position Details

"Eulenspiegel" prints by Johann Heinrich Ramberg: adapt 19th-century art prints into outline pages for coloring (Photoshop)

The goal of this project is to create sample pages for a proposal of a coloring book.
Renewable for application for ICRU fellowship in summer 2019 for all 55 prints for a book submission

Candidate can work on her own time (approximate 2-3 hours per week) with occasional meetings.

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Qualifications

Needed qualification: experience with photoshop or similar program

Time Commitment 

Candidate can work on her own time (approximate 2-3 hours per week) with occasional meetings.

Compensation

To be determined: Academic credit (Honors research practicum) or pay.

Start Date

  • Immediate
  • Spring Semester

Timeline

  • Spring semester only.
  • Renewable for application for ICRU fellowship in summer 2019 for all 55 prints for a book submission

Apply by

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

How to apply

Email Waltraud-maierhofer@uiowa.edu

 


Research Focus - Cognitive Neuroscience (Hwang Lab)

Project/Position Details

The Hwang lab conducts research to understand the neural mechanisms of executive functions and its developmental process during childhood and adolescence. Specifically, we are interested in discovering the neural architecture, processes, and developmental trajectory that allow brain networks to select, inhibit, transfer, and integrate information. Together, these mechanisms support many important mental functions during typical and atypical development, such as attention, working memory, response selection and inhibition. We address our research questions with a comprehensive human neuroscience approach, combining multimodal research methodologies, including fMRI, EEG, TMS, eye tracking and behavioral testing.

Research assistants will gain valuable experience with cognitive neuroscience research. Specifically, the research assistant will assist subject recruitment, behavioral/EEG/TMS/fMRI data collection, quality control of neuroimaging data, and execution of data analyses. If motivated, the applicant will also have the opportunity to learn advanced neuroimaging methods and develop research projects. Assistants are also encouraged to attend regular journal clubs to discuss the most up-to-date scientific literature.

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Qualifications

A strong interest in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and/or neurology is required. Applicants should be independent, reliable, and self-directed, with strong organizational skills and good attention to detail. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to pursue advanced training in a related area (e.g. PhD in Psychology or Neuroscience). Experience with programming/scripting languages, such as Python or Matlab will be a plus but not required. A two-semester and minimally 6-10 weekly hour commitment is preferred, with the understanding that continued participation beyond 2 semesters is encouraged. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Time Commitment 

6-10 hours per week.

Compensation

  • Volunteer (Optional 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition)
  • Academic Credit (1-4 credit hour independent study)

Start Date

  • Near Future
  • Spring Semester

Timeline

  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

Apply by

Friday, March 1, 2019

How to apply

If interested, please email our lab manager Dillan Cellier (dillan-cellier@uiowa.edu) with your resume/CV and a letter of interest. Please list relevant courses taken and grades.

 


Research Focus - Pharmacology and Diabetes (Potthoff Lab)

Project/Position Details

Dr. Potthoff’s laboratory is located in the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (PBDB). We are interested in the hormonal regulation of metabolism. Please visit our lab website for more information.

Website

Qualifications

There is no experience necessary.
Applicants should have a GPA of 3.4 or higher.

Time Commitment

Please be aware that Dr. Potthoff typically expects students to be in the lab at least 15 hours per week in order to get the most out of their experience.

Compensation

  • Students can begin taking research for credit and may advance to a paid research position
  • Volunteer - with 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition 
  • Academic Credit - as 1-4 credit hour independent study, graded A-F or pass/fail

Start Date and Timeline

  • To start immediately or in the near future
  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

How to apply

 If interested, please email Matt Potthoff (matthew-potthoff@uiowa.edu) with your resume/CV and a brief statement of why you're interested in our lab. Please list relevant courses taken and grades.

 


Research Focus - OB/Gyn (Yang Lab)

Project/Position Details

Uterine endometrial cancer incidence (~63,200 new cases/year) and deaths (~11,300 deaths/year) are on the rise. To help endometrial cancer patients and cure endometrial cancer, we need understand the characteristics of this disease. The current focus of our work is to understand molecular mechanisms of endometrial tumor progression and utilize target therapy or molecular enhanced hormonal therapy to treat endometrial cancer and other hormone-driven cancers. Specific research initiatives include: 1) systematic dissection of the mechanisms of progesterone receptor (PR) downregulation in endometrial cancer and enhancement of progestin therapy with epigenetic modulators in endometrial cancer, 2) identification of novel small molecular drugs to increase PR expression and activity to sensitize progesterone therapy, 3) targeting the PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway in endometrial cancer, 4) relationship between the estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and oncogene Myc in endometrial tumors, and 5) application of molecularly enhanced progestin therapy to other cancer types. Dr. Yang’s laboratory is located in the building of Medical Education Research Facility (MERF).

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Qualifications

A strong interest in cancer research is required. Applicants should be independent and scrupulous, with strong organizational skills and good habit to write record. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to pursue advanced training in a related area.

Time Commitment

Students must be available for 10 plus hours per week in blocks of time that 4 hours or greater two days a week.

Compensation

  • Volunteer - with 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition 
  • Academic Credit - as 1-4 credit hour independent study, graded A-F or pass/fail

Start Date and Timeline

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
  • Summer semester
  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

How to apply

If interested, please email Shujie Yang (shujie-yang@uiowa.edu) with your resume/CV and a brief statement of why you're interested in our lab. Please list relevant courses taken and grades.

 


Research Focus - OB/Gyn (Meng Lab)

Project/Position Details

Dr. Meng’s laboratory is located in the building of Medical Education Research Facility (MERF). The long term research goals of our laboratory are to understand the molecular and cellular basis of endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer progression in order to develop new treatment of these diseases. Current efforts are focused on the role of AEG-1/MTDH/LYRIC in drug resistance and DNA damage response in this process. AEG-1/MTDH/LYRIC was recently identified as an ER resident RNA-binding protein, which may contribute to the ER-mRNA transcription in cancers.

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Qualifications

A strong interest in cancer research is required. Applicants should be independent and scrupulous, with strong organizational skills and good habit to write record. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to pursue advanced training in a related area.

Time Commitment

Students must be available for 10 plus hours per week in blocks of time that 4 hours or greater two days a week.

Compensation

  • Volunteer - with 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition 
  • Academic Credit - as 1-4 credit hour independent study, graded A-F or pass/fail

Start Date and Timeline

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
  • Summer semester
  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

How to apply

If interested, please email Jianling Bi (jianling-bi@uiowa.edu) with your resume/CV and a brief statement of why you're interested in our lab. Please list relevant courses taken and grades.

 


Research Focus -  Developmental Psychopathology Lab

Project/Position Details

What We Study:
The Developmental Psychopathology Lab conducts research to understand how children develop behavior problems as well as positive adjustment.  We have been particularly interested in externalizing behavior problems, such as aggressive, disruptive, and noncompliant behavior.  We focus on the development of self-regulation skills and the consequences of children’s self-regulation skills (or deficits) for their school readiness.  The goal of our lab is to improve understanding about how children develop behavior problems from a very early age (3–7 years).  We focus on the early development of behavior problems to improve the early identification of at-risk children before later, more severe, and more stable behavior problems develop, which may lead to improved intervention and prevention approaches.

How We Study It:
To study the development of self-regulation and behavior problems, we follow children and families longitudinally over time and we examine multiple levels of analysis, including how biological, psychological, and social-contextual processes relate to the development of behavior problems.  For instance, we examine brain development (as measured by EEG/ERP), sleep, stress, parenting, temperament, and language skills in relation to the development of behavior problems.  For even more information, please visit our website.

Expectations, Responsibilities, and Qualifications:
Research assistants will gain experience with many lab procedures (e.g., collecting data during child lab visits, data management, and video coding of parent–child interactions).  There are also opportunities to complete honors theses for students who are interested and who have been in the lab for a while.  Positions in our laboratory may be particularly interesting and greatly beneficial for students who plan to enter graduate programs in clinical psychology or developmental psychology.  A two-semester commitment for three credit hours (9 hours/week of working in lab, plus 1 hour weekly lab meeting) each semester is preferred.  Experience with young children is highly desirable.  Completion of introductory courses in research methods and statistics is desirable but not required.

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Qualifications

A two-semester commitment for three credit hours (9 hours/week of working in lab, plus 1 hour weekly lab meeting) each semester is preferred.  Experience with young children is highly desirable.  Completion of introductory courses in research methods and statistics is desirable but not required.

Compensation

  • Volunteer - with 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition
  • Academic Credit - as 1-4 credit hour independent study, graded A-F or pass/fail

Start Date and Timeline

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
  • Summer semester
  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following application:
https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6foZRkaDKfsPf49

If you have questions, please contact the Developmental Psychopathology Lab at: devpsy-lab@uiowa.edu

 


Research Focus -  Abel Laboratory

Project/Position Details

Dr. Abel’s laboratory is located in the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (PBDB). We are interested in insulin action in cardiovascular system, mitochondrial bioenergetics, and cardiac hypertrophy. Essentially, locating the processes that lead to cardiac failure in diabetes. Visit the lab website below for more information.

The undergraduate volunteer would most likely conduct genotyping by PCR reactions to begin, but could quickly move on to other things depending on their interest and progress.

Website

Qualifications

  • There is no experience necessary.
  • Applicants should have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Compensation

  • Volunteer - with 0-credit hour (URES:3992) registration for transcript recognition

Time Commitment

  • Please be aware that Dr. Abel typically expects volunteers to be in the lab at least 15 hours per week in order to get the most out of their experience.
  • To start immediately or in the near future.
  • Potential to be ongoing.

Start Date and Timeline

  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

How to apply

  • Interested students should email stacie-vik@uiowa.edu expressing their interest and include their current resume and cumulative GPA.
  • After students contact Stacie Vik, Dr. Abel would then most likely wish to talk to the student, after which he would pair them up with a Postdoctoral fellow in the lab.

 


Research Focus -  Internal Medicine (Wahls Laboratory)

Project/Position Details

The Wahls Research lab is interested in the relationship between diet quality and clinical outcomes. Specifically we are interested in the impact of eating a nutrient dense diet such as modified paleolithic diet on fatigue severity, motor function, cognitive function and quality of life in the setting of multiple sclerosis.  We are utilizing weighed food records and food frequency questionnaires to assess diet quality.  Motor function is assessed using timed walk and hand function tests.  Vision function, quality of life and blood biomarkers are also assessed.   Students with an interest in nutrition assessment are needed.   Students with an interest in neurology, vision, or multiple sclerosis are also needed. Students must be available for 10 plus hours per week in blocks of time that 4 hours or greater two days a week.

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Compensation

  • Volunteer - with 0-credit hour registration for transcript recognition
  • Academic Credit - as 1-4 credit hour independent study, graded A-F or pass/fail

Time Commitment

Students must be available for 10 plus hours per week in blocks of time that 4 hours or greater two days a week.

Start Date and Timeline

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
  • Summer semester
  • Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

Apply by:

Monday, December 31, 2018

How to apply

Students should send their resume and a letter of interest to terry-wahls@uiowa.edu. Students should have a grade point of 3.3 or greater.