Delaware State University (DSU) will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site in Molecular Genetics & Genomics in Summer 2009. Students will work with research mentors in a 9-week multidisciplinary summer research program. Students will be provided stipends, meals, housing, and funds for travel to and from DSU. Using an established network of faculty from DSU, Delaware Technical and Community College (DTCC), Wesley College and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI), ten students will be trained each summer in state-of-the-art techniques in molecular biology and genomics.
Activities will include workshops in lab techniques and bioinformatics, ethics, and scientific communications skills. Interaction between students as well as with various levels of researchers in academia, government, and industry will be fostered. Students will get the opportunity to work on specific research problems by interaction with the research mentors, while developing capabilities to work both individually and as part of a team with fellow students. The REU program will conclude with a Student Research Symposium where REU students will present posters, and showcase their summer research to other students, faculty, family, friends, high school students and teachers.
Mentors and Projects include:
Research Mentor-Dr. Leonard Davis (Molecular Biology)
RNA interference (RNAi) for targeted gene knock-out in vertebrates.
Research Mentor-Dr. Harbinder Dhillon (Molecular Biology)
Molecular mechanisms governing olfactory cues in fruit-fly courtship.
Research Mentor-Dr. Vincent Fondong (Molecular Biology)
Plant molecular virology.
Research Mentor-Dr. Melissa Harrington (Neurobiology)
Multielectrode physiology with invertebrate model systems.
Research Mentor-Dr. Venu (Kal) Kalavacharla (Plant Biology)
Molecular genetics of disease resistance in plants
Research Mentor-Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay (Fisheries/Aquatic Sciences)
Determination of nitrate reductase (NR) activity in mixed harmful algal populations using molecular biology.
Research Mentor-Dr. Chandran R. Sabanayagam (Biophysics)
For information and to download the application, visit http://cars.desu.edu/reu/index.html