Research Opportunity: Paid Undergraduate Research Assistant Position in Skin Cancer Research

Con­tact Name: Chris Lewis

Con­tact Email: clewis56[at]

Depart­ment: Dermatology


We are a moderate sized, diverse lab with basic, translational, and clinical research projects. We are in the Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology and the Department of Pathology. The research involves basic, clinical and translational aspects of Merkel cell carcinoma, an uncommon, frequently lethal skin cancer associated with immune suppression, UV exposure and a newly described polyomavirus (see

We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic undergraduate to assist with general lab duties and translational/clinical studies involving maintenance of patient databases. Many of our projects involve contact with patients and/or other healthcare providers. The student would also have the opportunity to learn a variety of experimental techniques (e.g., gel electrophoresis, western blotting, cell culture).

The student should be a sophomore or junior and should have completed the general chemistry series as well as begun the biology series. A minimum of ten hours a week is the estimated commitment necessary. However, participation can be flexible depending upon the project and availability. Students willing to make a two year commitment are strongly preferred.

The Undergraduate Research Assistant position offers monetary compensation in the form of an hourly wage equal to the Washington State minimum.

Qualified applicants should send a resume and unofficial transcript to Chris Lewis at


  • Completed general chemistry series
  • Begun or completed general biology series
  • Available to work for a minimum of 10 hrs/week for $9.19/hour (hours flexible with availability)

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