We have a variety of projects investigating various, mostly photosynthesis-related, processes in microalgae and plants, from predominantly a genetic/molecular perspective. The understanding of these processes will provide insights valuable to addressing the global food/fuel/climate concerns.
The research apprentice will work initially with a postdoc and will be given the opportunity to develop an independent project, with the possibility of continuing through the academic year and during the summer. Students can expect to gain experience with a variety of techniques, including PCR, cloning, agarose gel electrophoresis, preparation of DNA samples for sequencing and analysis of the results, Cas9-mediated genome editing, in vivo chlorophyll fluorescence measurements, microalgal and plant cultivation.
Minimum qualifications: Biology 1A or 1B (may be taken concurrently), 3.0 GPA, and interest in genetics. Hours are
negotiable, but a commitment of at least 12 hours per week is expected.