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Research Opportunity for Undergrads

Friday, November 22, 2013
12:00 AM
Luker lab (located in the BSRB)

The Luker lab (located in the BSRB) is looking for students to volunteer in our lab (and later fill paid positions).

The Luker laboratory focuses on molecular imaging of chemokine receptor signaling in cancer and translating discoveries to clinical medicine.  Our projects focus on multi-scale optical imaging studies (bioluminescence, confocal and two photon microscopy) ranging from cell-based assays to living mice.  These studies quantify dynamics of intracellular signaling and investigate tumor-stromal interactions in primary and metastatic breast cancer.  Research will work at the interface of engineering and cancer biology, including molecular biology, cell culture, quantitative image acquisition and analysis, and computational modeling to develop and validate new imaging reporters for chemokine signaling in populations of cells and at single cell resolution.  


We are looking for three types of students: Students who are interested in imaging studies involving mice (whole animal bioluminescence and intravital microscopy) and working with mouse models, students who are interested in performing biochemical assays (including Western blotting), molecular biology (including cloning and PCR), and cell culture (including cell-based imaging assays), and students who are interested in optical imaging, including confocal and two-photon microscopy in cells.

Students are expected to volunteer for the first semester as we train them into the lab.  After a successful first semester, students will be paid hourly. Students may also participate in our laboratory for university research credit.  We are looking for motivated, team-oriented students who are prepared to make at least a 2-year commitment to our laboratory. Students must be able to start by January, and are expected to fulfill a weekly commitment of at least 15-20 hours. We encourage applications from students who would like to spend a gap year doing research. For those students interested, it is helpful to have taken a Biology and/or Biochemistry course, so that the tasks you may be required to perform are not unfamiliar, but there are no required courses to take before working in the lab.


 If you are interested in this position apply at Please include your tentative winter schedule, as well as what type of position you would be most interested in. Thank you.