Sciences: Developmental Neuroscience

Department: Biology

Supervising Faculty Members: Christopher Deppmann

Specialization: Developmental Neuroscience

Research Focus: Our research requires us to growing pure cultures of living algae biomass. These cultures require near daily monitoring, and they can become contaminated very easily if proper lab technique is not always used. Contamination can ruin several weeks’ worth of work. Thus, we need someone who is reliable (always shows up on time) and careful (doesn’t cut corners or take shortcuts to finish quickly).

Job Description: PLEASE NOTE THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO ENTERING FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS ONLY. After learning the basic tasks of what makes a lab work which includes washing glassware, autoclaving, making solutions cell culture techniques, student will be assigned to work on project with a graduate student becoming part of the team. Students will learn how to use imaging and graphic software packages used in the lab.

Required Skills, Courses, Resources, or Background:  Understanding what molarity is. Knowledge of how to make dilutions. Understanding chemical safety. Students should have some knowledge of Google Docs or Microsoft Office. Students should demonstrate a strong commitment to this research experience in their cover letter; students should be prepared to balance their other coursework with a challenging work experience in a lab setting. Students are expected to be responsive in all communications related to the lab.
Introduction to Biology or its equivalent (high school transfer credit acceptable)

Training: The student selected for this position will need to complete the on-line chemical safety training course before they begin working in the lab. Students will complete additional training modules in animal handling and biosafety after they begin working in the lab. 

What You Will Learn: Through this research-work opportunity, you will: 1) learn basic laboratory techniques related to developmental neuroscience; 2) develop a relationship with the scientific literature as it relates to the project; and 3) independently design and execute an experiment.

Suggested Reading: Kodis, E., Smindek, R., Kefauver, J., Heffner, D., Aschenbach, K., Brennan, E., Chan, K., Gamage, K.K., Lambeth, P., Lawler, J., Sikora, A., Vercroysse, N., Deppmann C.D. (2012) First Messengers.  Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. 

Deppmann, C.D., Mihalas, S., Sharma, N., Lonze, B.E., Niebur, E, Ginty D.D. (2008) A Model for Neuronal Competition During Development. Science, 320(5874) 369-73.

Sharma N, Deppmann C.D., Harrington A.W., St Hillaire C., Chen Z.Y., Lee F.S., Ginty D.D. (2010) Long-Distance Control of Synapse Assembly by Target-Derived NGF. Neuron. 2010 Aug 12;67(3):422-34.