HRP SU17-10: Research Opportunity with Dr. Leslie Loew

Project Mentor

Dr. Leslie Loew
R. D. Berlin Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Description

Project Description We are developing modules, called Model Bricks, that will quantitatively specify fundamental molecular mechanisms controlling cell physiology. These will be combined to develop complex models of cell behavior.
Project Direction We will tailor the project to the student’s own skills and interests. We are developing a comprehensive software system, Virtual Cell ( for modeling and simulation of cellular systems. The Model Bricks will become a key feature of the Virtual Cell.
Mentorship and Supervision I will discuss the progress with the student on a daily basis in the summer and once per week during the school year. I will also give the student help in preparing reports during my weekly lab meetings.
Student Qualifications Computer science, engineering, physics, bioinformatics or cell biology students are needed to contribute both in the development of the software and to help build cell signaling modules for the VCell database.
Summer Schedule Options Research Dates: 9-10 full-time weeks to be scheduled between May 15 and August 20, 2017
Schedule: To be determined in consultation with selected student; 9am-4pm is possible
Project Continuation Fall 2017, Spring 2018
Academic Year Time Commitment 9 hours/week
Possible Thesis Project Yes


Submit an online application for this research opportunity using the form below. The application deadline is Friday, February 24, 2017.

This application requires a cover letter, a resume or CV, an unofficial transcript, a brief statement of research interests, and a brief statement of career interests.