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The researchers on this page are actively looking for undergraduates to join their academic efforts.  This is not an exhaustive list of opportunities.  If you don't see anything that fits your goals, contact us to find out what other opportunities await!

Prevention of hearing loss

Green Lab, Biology

The Green Lab investigates physiological and immunological mechanisms that contribute to neuropathology of the cochlea, with the aim of protecting hearing against noise and other trauma. More information

How to apply Email Steven Green (steven-green@uiowa.edu) to arrange for an appointment for an interview.
Start Date Immediate
Compensation Academic Credit; Pay
Hours per week

10-20

Timeline TBD

Biochemistry of Cellular Signaling

Wright Lab, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

The Wright laboratory is looking to employ a highly motivated, mindful, and compassionate undergraduate student to work as a research trainee in a laboratory utilizing mass spectrometry-based proteomics as an experimental platform to study cellular signaling. More information

How to apply Submit a cover letter and resume by email to michael-e-wright@uiowa.edu.
Start Date Immediate
Compensation Pay
Hours per week

10-20

Timeline Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

Control of circulation in health, disease and aging.

Sabharwal Lab, Internal Medicine

Our lab studies neural circuitry and signaling mechanisms in cardiovascular (heart failure, cardiomyopathy) and neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimers disease, ALS).  More information

How to apply See "More Information"
Start Date Immediate; Near future
Compensation Volunteer; Academic credit
Hours per week

10-20

Timeline Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

New treatments for diabetes, cancer and neurological disease

Bioelectronic Medicines Translational Research Lab

The Carter laboratory combines cutting edge bioengineering and molecular biology techniques to study how electromagnetic fields can be used to cure diabetes and cancer.  More information

How to apply Please paste CV/resume in an email and send to calvin-carter@uiowa.edu
Start Date Immediate; Near future
Compensation Volunteer; Academic credit; Pay
Hours per week

10+

Timeline Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

Investigating novel treatments of cardiovascular disease using cell-targeting aptamers

Thiel Lab, Internal Medicine

We currently have two main areas of focus with our research that students could actively participate. 1) We are developing aptamers that specifically target the heart to study and potentially treat heart failure and arrhythmias and 2) we are investigating aptamers that specifically target vascular cells (smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells) to improve drug eluting stent mitigation of neointimal formation. More information

How to apply Contact Dr. Thiel (william-thiel@uiowa.edu)
Start Date Immediate
Compensation Volunteer; Academic credit
Hours per week

10+

Timeline Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

Image processing to evaluate patient response to radiotherapy

Grumbach Lab, Internal Medicine

This position is aimed at developing image processing algorithms, to help determine the effects of radiation on normal tissues exposed during cancer therapy. More information

How to apply See "More Information"
Start Date Immediate; To be determined
Compensation Academic credit; To be determined
Hours per week

10+

Timeline Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

Genes, the brain, and behavior

Wu Lab, Biology

Professor Chun-Fang Wu’s lab in the Department of Biology is looking to hire motivated undergraduates to participate in lab maintenance and research projects, to start this spring and continuing through the summer. More information

How to apply See "More Information"
Start Date Immediate; Near future
Compensation Pay
Hours per week

10-15

Timeline Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

Very low calorie diet treatment of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Preventative  Intervention Center

This position offers the opportunity to learn clinical research with focus on clinical trials. Duties include recruitment and follow up of participants of clinical trial. More information

How to apply See "More Information"
Start Date Immediate
Compensation Volunteer; Academic Credit; Pay
Hours per week

Negotiable. Minimum 10 hour/week.

Timeline Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

Investigate mechanisms driving infections, inflammatory, and autoinflammatory disorders

Gurung Lab, Internal Medicine

Involved student will be working with a postdoctoral fellow or a graduate student to help run genotyping, harvesting organs and tissues from model organisms, and analyze samples using flow cytometry and western blotting. More information

How to apply Email prajwal-gurung@uiowa.edu
Start Date Immediate; Near future
Compensation Volunteer; Academic Credit
Hours per week

10

Timeline Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

Analysis of PCBs and related compounds in environmental samples

Hornbuckle Lab, Civil and Environmental Engineering

We are looking for laboratory assistants to work on several different projects including several projects about toxic air pollutants: polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in air near Portland Harbor, OR; PCBs in school rooms; PCBs contaminated sediments; and PCBs in New York City air. More information

How to apply Email Keri Hornbuckle
Start Date Immediate
Compensation Pay
Hours per week

10-20 during academic year; 40 in the summer.

Timeline Ongoing or potential to be continuous position
Apply by  Accepted until positions are filled

Sleep disturbance in psychiatric disorders

Neurodevelopment and Psychopathology Lab, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Our focus is on defining the physiological features of sleep disturbances in psychiatric disorders, investigating their relations with symptoms and cognitive deficits, and examining the neural circuitry involved in these sleep deficits. More information.

How to apply See "More Information".
Start Date Immediate; Summer semester; Fall semester
Compensation Volunteer
Hours per week

10

Timeline Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

Cardiovascular research to discover new genes and their functions

Boudreau Lab, Internal Medicine

Our research aims to uncover novel molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying cardiovascular and neurological diseases. We are looking for energetic students who are interested in learning advanced techniques to help us with general lab duties. More information.

How to apply See "More Information"
Start Date Immediate
Compensation Volunteer; Academic Credit; Pay
Hours per week

15-20

Timeline Ongoing or potential to be continuous position
Apply by  December 31, 2022

Understanding human disease and identifying treatments using model organisms

Wallrath Lab, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Nuclear Envelope Project: The nuclear envelope is a double membrane that surrounds our genomic DNA. Mutations in genes that make nuclear envelope proteins cause a collection of diseases called laminopathies.  More information...

How to apply See "More Information"
Start Date Near future; TBD
Compensation Volunteer; Academic Credit
Hours per week

12-15

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 "More Information")
Start Date Immediate; Near future
Compensation Volunteer; Academic Credit; Pay in addition to volunteer hours
Hours per week 10+, minimum of 3-4 hour blocks 2-3 days per week
Timeline Ongoing or potential to be continuous position

Determining how dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin signal in the brain

Gantz Lab, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

This position is aimed at assisting neuroscience research in a collaborative lab environment. The goal of the lab is to understand how dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin signal in the brain at a fundamental level.  More information...

How to apply

Email CV and statement of interest to stephanie-gantz@uiowa.edu.

Start date Summer semester; Fall semester
Compensation TBD
Hours/week 5-20 during academic; 24-40 during summer
Timeline

Ongoing, potential to be a continuous position; Summer semester only; Fall semester only

Gastroenterology research about muscle layer and mucosa

Kurahashi Lab, Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Our Gastroenterology research foci are muscle layer and mucosa of gastrointestinal tract (GI). Our final goal is to develop new treatments for gastrointestinal diseases by translating our basic scientific findings to clinical studies.  More information...

How to apply

See "More Information".

Start date Immediate
Compensation Volunteer; Academic Credit; TBD
Hours/week 10 minimum, flexibility for exams
Timeline

Ongoing, potential to be a continuous position; TBD

Interbacterial interactions in the intestinal microbiome

Bosch Lab, Pathology

Our laboratory studies interbacterial interactions among colonic commensals. Altered composition of the gut microbiome contributes to many disease states, and targeted manipulation holds therapeutic promise.  More information...

How to apply

See "More Information".

Start date Immediate; Near future
Compensation Volunteer; Academic Credit
Hours/week 10+, divided over at least 3 days per week
Timeline

Ongoing, potential to be a continuous position

Gut-Brain Axis modulation of pathogenesis in neurodegenerative disease

Kang Lab, Pathology

The Kang lab, located in Medical Laboratories (ML), has two major research interests: Neuroimmunology and Mucosal Immunology.  More information...

How to apply

See "More Information"

Start date Spring semester; Fall semester; Summer semester
Compensation Volunteer; Academic Credit
Hours/week 10+/week, 4+ hour blocks for 2 days per week
Timeline

Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

Developing transformative technologies to improve cancer patient care

Byrne Lab, Radiation Oncology

Byrne lab is focusing on using new technology to deliver therapeutic gas to teat cancer patients. Undergraduate students major in biology-related fields are preferred.  More information...

How to apply

Email CV/resume and courses taken to jianling-bi@uiowa.edu

Start date Immediate
Compensation Volunteer; Academic Credit; Pay
Hours/week 10+, minimum of 3-4 hour blocks 2-3 days per week
Timeline

Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

Autism; Epigenetics; Polygenic Risk; Social Environment

Attachment and Neurodevelopment Lab, Hawk-Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

The lab is launching an exciting interdisciplinary study that will recruit hundreds of participants (mother-child dyads) to investigate the roles of social experience and epigenetic changes in Autism Spectrum Disorder. More information...

How to apply

Submit an application HERE. 

Start date Immediate, Near future; Spring semester, Summer semester, Fall semester.
Compensation Volunteer; Academic Credit; TBD
Hours/week 6-9
Timeline

Ongoing, potential to be continuous position; TBD

High fat diet-induced obesity and Immunoregulation

Li Lab, Pathology

The focus in my research program is to understand the role of fatty acid binding proteins (FABPs) in regulating immune cell metabolism in chronic inflammation, obesity and cancer development. More information...

How to apply

Email bing-li@uiowa.edu.

Start date Immediate; Near future; Fall semester; Spring semester; Summer semester
Compensation Academic Credit; Volunteer
Hours/week 10+
Timeline

Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

C3 Glomerulopathy Natural History Study

Molecular and Otolaryngology Research Lab

Data collection to best understand C3G; Develop predictive models of disease progression; Goal to define treatable targets for this ultra-rare disease. More information...

How to apply

Please send CV and Letter of Interest to monica-hall@uiowa.edu.

Start date Immediate
Compensation Academic Credit; Volunteer
Hours/week 10-15
Timeline

Ongoing, potential to be continuous position

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

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

 

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

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