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Depression and Heart Development Study

Haskell Lab, Pediatrics

We are interested in determining the impact of maternal depression and its treatment on infant heart development. We are planning to enroll non-depressed pregnant women, depressed pregnant women treated with SSRIs, and depressed pregnant women treated with psychotherapy. More information...

How to apply

Please email Dr. Haskell at sarah-haskell@uiowa.edu if you are interested in applying for this position.

Start date Immediate; Near future
Compensation Academic Credit; Volunteer
Hours/week 5-10
Timeline

Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

 

Computational chemistry: Convert excess atmospheric CO2 into liquid fuels through solar energy

Shepherd Lab, Chemistry

Quantum chemistry can be used to see what’s going on inside of a chemical reaction, and computer simulations allow us to watch molecules as bonds break and form. Models for chemical bonding, from VSEPR to molecular orbitals, are routinely used by chemists from all disciplines. More information...

How to apply See "More Information"
Start date Immediate; Fall, spring, or summer semester
Compensation Academic Credit; Volunteer; Potential to move to paid position
Hours/week 5-10 during academic year; 15-20 during summer
Timeline

Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

Computational chemistry: Schrodinger's equation for electrons in a molecule

Shepherd Lab, Chemistry

We are trying to find ways to solve the Schrodinger’s equation for the electrons in a molecule, an example of a many-body problem with exponential scaling with system size. More information...

How to apply See "More Information"
Start date Immediate; Fall, spring, or summer semester
Compensation Academic Credit; Volunteer; Potential to move to paid position
Hours/week 5-10 during academic year; 15-20 during summer
Timeline

Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

Gene regulatory evolution, stress response, pathogenic yeast

He Lab, Biology

In the Gene Regulatory Evolution (GRE) lab, we study how stress response networks evolve between related yeast species that live in different environments. More information...

How to apply See "More Information"
Start date Immediate; Near future; Fall semester
Compensation Academic Credit; Volunteer; Pay
Hours/week 5-10 during academic year; 10-15 during summer
Timeline

Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

Apply By May 31, 2022

Chemistry Education

Becker Lab, Chemistry

Research in the Becker group involves qualitative research techniques to reason about how people learn chemistry and how chemistry is taught. We are seeking two undergraduate students to join our lab beginning summer 2021, with the possibility of continuing work into the academic year. More information...

How to apply Fill out Qualtrics App: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pWbHN7Xlmv80dM
Start date As soon as possible
Compensation Volunteer; Academic Credit
Hours/week ~10
Timeline

Summer 2021, with possibility of continuing during the 2021-2022 academic year

Genetic regulation of endoderm development

Lin Lab, Anatomy and Cell Biology 

Our laboratory is interested in understanding the genetic regulation of morphogenesis using zebrafish as an animal model. Students will be involved in zebrafish care, lab general maintenance, and research projects. More information...

How to apply Send CV to fang-lin@uiowa.edu.
Start date Immediate
Compensation Volunteer; Academic Credit; TBD
Hours/week 10
Timeline

Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

 

Lipid droplet proteins and diabetes

Imai Lab, Internal Medicine

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is the most common endocrine disease that imposes significant physical, financial, and emotional tolls. Alarmingly, the prevalence of T2D is increasing, with the disease already affecting over 10% of population in the US. More information...

How to apply Send e-mail with CV to yumi-imai@uiowa.edu.
Start Date Immediate; Near future; Summer semester; To be determined
Compensation To be determined
Hours/week 6-10
Timeline

Ongoing or potential to be a continuous position

Apply By October 31, 2021

 

Research experience in environmental flows and renewable energy

Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Renewable Energy Lab

We are looking for students interested in applying their love of mathematics and physics to measurements of turbulence and wind energy. We are conducting laser-based flow measurements of wind-wave flows and investigating wind energy in offshore environs.

More information...

How to apply Email Corey-markfort@uiowa.edu with short statement of interest and applicable qualifications.
Start Date Spring semester; Summer semester; Fall semester
Compensation TBD
Hours/week Negotiable
Timeline

Ongoing or potential to be a continuous position

 

Social-Emotional Development from Infancy to Adolescence

Child Lab

We study children’s social-emotional development from infancy to adolescence. Students in this lab have the opportunity to work on a longitudinal study to help collect data during laboratory sessions, code behavioral data from videos, and perform preliminary data management.

More information...

How to apply Click HERE to fill out interest form.
Start Date Spring semester; Near future; Fall semester; Summer semester
Compensation Volunteer; Academic credit
Hours per week 9
Timeline

Ongoing or potential to be a continuous position

 

Molecular mechanisms of aging and heart and kidney diseases

Dai Lab

We focus on oxidative stress and mitochondrial and metabolic signaling, using mouse and human iPSC derived cells to model human diseases. Students are expected to do either bench and/or mouse works under supervision.

More information...

How to apply See "More Information".
Start Date Immediate; Near future, Fall, Spring, or Summer semester
Compensation Volunteer; Academic credit
Hours per week 10+
Timeline

Ongoing or potential to be a continuous position

 

Ceramide induced lipotoxicity in metabolic diseases

Chaurasia Lab

Chaurasia Lab aims to understand how lipid metabolite ceramides: impair nutrient sensing in adipose tissue and contribute to development of metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases etc. 

More information...

How to apply Email Dr. Chaurasia with interest and CV.
Start Date Immediate; Near future, Fall, Spring, or Summer semester
Compensation Volunteer
Hours per week 10-15
Timeline

Ongoing or potential to be a continuous position

Investigate the biological effects and mechanisms of electromagnetic energy fields

Sheffield Lab, Holden Cancer Center/Diabetes Research Center

We seek highly motivated candidates to help us investigate the biological effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) using animal models of chronic disease. We are conducting pre-clinical studies exploring mechanism of action and safety in preparation for clinical trials.
We conduct research at the University and run a University-funded startup (Geminii, Inc.) which serves as our means of translating the science we do. We are a Howard Hughes laboratory located in MERF with funding from NIH, NSF & private foundations.

More information...

How to apply Email calvin-carter@uiowa.edu (See complete instructions in "More Information")
Start Date Immediate; Near future; Fall semester; Spring semester; Summer semester
Compensation Volunteer
Hours per week 15+ hours per week
Timeline Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

 

Relationship between diet quality and clinical outcomes

Wahls Lab, Internal Medicine

The Wahls Research lab is interested in the relationship between diet quality and clinical outcomes. Motor function is assessed using timed walk and hand function tests. Vision function, quality of life and blood biomarkers are also assessed.

More information...

How to apply Email ehlingerma@healthcare.uiowa.edu (See complete instructions in "More Information")
Start Date Immediate; Near future; Summer semester
Compensation Volunteer; Academic Credit
Hours per week 10+, minimum of 3-4 hour blocks 2-3 days per week
Timeline Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

 

Neural circuit mechanism in compulsive alcohol drinking and aversive behaviors during withdrawal

Marcinkiewcz Lab, Neuroscience/Pharmacology

Our lab is focused on the neural circuit mechanisms that drive compulsive alcohol drinking and aversive behaviors during withdrawal. The dorsal raphe nucleus is a serotonergic nucleus in the midbrain and pons that is exquisitely sensitive to alcohol and has a diverse molecular composition that orchestrates a wide range of behaviors, including reward, anxiety, pain and sleep. We are trying to understand how alcohol changes the molecular and signaling properties of the DRN to impact these behaviors in alcohol dependence and other diseases including Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia.

More information...

How to apply Email catherine-marcinkiewcz@uiowa.edu (See complete instructions in "More information")
Start Date Immediate or Near Future
Compensation Volunteer (Optional 0-semester hour registration for transcript recognition);  Academic credit (1-4 credit hour independent study);  TBD
Hours per week 10-15 
Timeline Ongoing or potential to be a continuous position

 

Vascular function in health and disease

Irani Lab, Internal Medicine

The Irani lab broadly studies molecular mechanisms regulating vascular function in health and disease. We are currently examining the role of dynamic protein lysine acetylation in the regulation of vascular endothelial function, and how microRNAs expressed in the vascular wall protect against or promote vascular disease. We are working toward identifying novel mechanisms that contribute to vascular health and disease in response to changes in the gut microbiome. We are also collaboratively looking at the role protein lysine acetylation plays in governance of cardiac electrical activity. Finally, we are interested in identifying vasospecific factors that are players in whole body energy utilization and metabolism.

More information...

How to apply Email Modar Kassan at modar-kassan@uiowa.edu (See complete instructions in "More Information")
Start Date Immediate; Near future; Summer semester 
Compensation Volunteer ; Academic Credit
Hours per week 10+
Timeline Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

 

NanoMedTrix Biotech

Assouline Lab, Biomedical Engineering

The laboratory has various projects based on a platform technology making use of small nanoparticles to provide high-level contrast with medical scanners such as MRI, CT and Ultrasound. In addition, the particles are porous and can serve as a reservoir for loading of bioactive drugs. Our group performs experiments on campus and off campus where we developed a biotech company, NanoMedTrix (NMTx). Our mesoporous silica nanoparticles (the MSNs) are advanced nanotechnology material which dramatically enhance bladder cancer diagnostics for much earlier detection as well as uniquely serve as a vehicle for targeted drug delivery. Current technology is expensive, insensitive and is therapeutically indiscriminate and ineffective. Our nanoparticles specifically target only bladder cancer cells to improve detection significantly and have also been impregnated with anti-mitotic drugs to deliver high concentrations of these drugs only to the cancer cells thereby sparing the surrounding bladder tissue and patient from excessive side effects. The unique experimental and commercial opportunity our products resides in the breadth of clinical applications and the ease of usage.

More information...

How to apply Email jose-assouline@uiowa.edu with a resume attached.
Start Date Immediate; Near future; Summer semester 
Compensation Volunteer ; Academic Credit
Hours per week 10 (academic year); 20-40 (summer semester)
Timeline Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

 

Uterine endometrial cancer characterization

Yang Lab, Pathology

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).

More information...

How to apply Email Shujie Yang (shujie-yang@uiowa.edu) (See complete instructions in "More Information")
Start Date Spring, Summer, or Fall semester
Compensation Volunteer, Academic Credit
Hours per week 10+ hours per week in 4+ hour blocks for 2+ days a week
Timeline Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

 

Endometrial and ovarian cancer progression

Meng Lab, Pathology

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.

More information...

How to apply Email Dr. Meng (xianbing-meng@uiowa.edu) (See complete instructions in "More Information")
Start Date Spring, Summer, or Fall semester
Compensation Volunteer, Academic Credit
Hours per week 10+ hours per week in 4+ hour blocks for 2+ days a week
Timeline Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

 

Developmental Psychopathology Lab

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.

More information...

How to apply Submit the following application: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6foZRkaDKfsPf49
Start Date Spring, Summer, or Fall semester
Compensation Volunteer, Academic Credit
Timeline Ongoing or potential to be continuous position