HRP SU17-6: Research Opportunity with Dr. Sivapriya Kailasan Vanaja

Project Mentor

Dr. Sivapriya Kailasan Vanaja

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Description

Project Description The project will focus on identifying enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) virulence factors that modify innate immune responses. It will involve screening mutants of EHEC deficient in virulence factors for their ability to induce toll like receptor (TLR)- and inflammasome-mediated responses. Once a mutant is identified, the project will focus on determining the mechanism of immune modulation.
Mentorship and Supervision I will meet with the student on a daily basis. The student will be trained on experiments by senior graduate students in the lab. If she/he faces technical difficulties I will go through the techniques with him/her to trouble shoot. The student will be trained in analyzing data and interpreting results and I will assess progress based on the data generated. Additionally, the student will have an opportunity to present her/his work at the lab meeting and receive feedback.
Student Qualifications Experience in working with cell culture and bacterial pathogens. Coursework completed in Immunology and Microbiology.
Summer Schedule Options Research Dates: 9-10 full-time weeks to be scheduled between June 15 and August 25, 2017
Schedule: M-F, 9am-4pm
NOTE: This is a standalone summer opportunity that will not continue into the academic year.


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.