Tag Archives: bioengineering

Research Opportunity: Bioengineering with the Yeast Gene Regulatory Network 2.0

Con­tact Name: Samuel Danziger

Con­tact Email: sam.danziger[at]seattlebiomed.org

Depart­ment: Seattle Biomed


We have a developed a predictive environment and gene regulatory influence network (EGRIN) for S. Cerevisiae.  This network uses publicly available and in-house gene expression data from microarrays to predict genetic regulation and cellular responses.  We intend to expand it to a stochastically robust EGRIN 2.0 that we will use to engineer yeast to produce economically relevant compounds in peroxisomes.

10-week Project #1:  Write a framework for generating multiple EGRINs so that the EGRIN 2.0 can be generated with additional processor time.  This project would involving using the gene biclustering program cMonkey in [R] or python and interacting with a Sun Grid Engine cluster. There would be plenty of opportunity to improve the cMonkey algorithm.


Familiarity with the [R] statistical programming language or Python.
Familiarity with Unix shell scripting and cluster computing using the Sun Grid Engine (SGE) or similar system.

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Research Opportunity: Nanofabrication and Process Development

Con­tact Name: Dr. Michael Khbeis

Con­tact Email: khbeis[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Washington Nanofabrication Facility


The Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF) is the premier cleanroom for conducting research and development in nanofabrication and sensor domains (MEMS, biosensors, electronic/photonic devices) in the Pacific Northwest.  Over 40 companies conduct R&D activities in the WNF along with over 80 principle investigators from UW and other research institutions.  Currently, the WNF is offering Internal Research and Development (IR&D) projects for defining new processes and assisting in the fabrication of leading-edge devices as part of the foundry model.

Students can leverage this experience to gain access to direct hiring by WNF client companies or establish a critical skill set to get a competitive advantage for graduate school applications. Project complexity and depth will vary depending on student availability and can range from refining a single process, exploring new materials properties, aiding staff in fabricating a device, to establishing completely new manufacturing/processing technologies and fabrication flows.

Given the in-depth training and time needed to become proficient in fabrication technology, preference will be given to students willing to make extended commitments (> 6 months) and with a minimum of 5-10 hours/week of regular availability.



All requisite training will be provided. Candidates should demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, consistency in establishing/following protocols/procedures, detailed technical documentation and reporting. WNF users and applications span all domains of engineering as well as physical and life sciences.

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Science Job & Internship Fair

Are you a undergraduate science student at the UW – physical sciences, biological sciences, ChemE or BioE?  Then don’t miss the first-ever Science Job & Internship Fair!

Science Job & Internship Fair January 30, 2014
 2:00-5:00pm, MGH Commons
This unique mini-career fair will give you the opportunity to connect directly with recruiters from local and/or national companies who are looking to hire UW science students for job or internship opportunities.

Organizations Attending the Career Fair

Visit the Career Services website for an updated list of attendees and tips for preparing for a career fair.

Companies registered as of 1.2.14 – check back often!

  • AIS Inc
  • Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Climate Corporation, The
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Labtemps
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Novo Nordisk Research Center
  • PATH
  • PhysAssist Scribes, Inc.
  • Scribes STAT
  • Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
  • Spacelabs Healthcare
  • Teach for America
  • WSP Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau

Research Opportunity: Design of Novel Aerospace and Biological Material/Structure Systems

Con­tact Name: Jinkyu Yang

Con­tact Email: jkyang[at]aa.washington.edu

Depart­ment: Aeronautics and Astronautics


We develop advanced structures and sensing systems for aerospace, mechanical, and biomedical applications. These novel material systems include composite materials, phononic crystals, and metamaterials. They are more responsive, safer, and better performing with a range of applications in aerospace, civil and mechanical structures. We are also working on sensing devices that evaluate systems with more accuracy and control.



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Research Opportunity: The role of mitochondria and metabolism in the development of human diseases

Con­tact Name: Rong Tian

Con­tact Email: rongtian[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Anesthesiology, Bioengineering, Biochemistry


We are looking for students to work with mouse models of altered mitochondrial function and/or cell metabolism to investigate disease mechanisms.  The student will be involved in treatment of mouse models, monitoring physiological function of multiple organ systems, and biochemical analysis of tissue samples.  Molecular and genetics analysis will be included in the later stage of the project.


Comfortable to work with animals.
General knowledge of biology, biochemistry and physiology.
A minimum of 10 hours per week needed.

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New Fall Research Opportunities

Every fall we get many new research opportunity postings all the time. Below are the postings from the last week or so. Follow the links for more details. As always, you can browse all postings here.

  • James Lawson, Nonviolent Revolutionary
  • Sharecroppers’ Troubadour: John Handcox, the Southern Tenant Farmers Union and the African American song tradition
  • A Novel Process for Water Purification
  • Development of point-of-care diagnostic devices for the developed and developing worlds
  • Effect of requirement for prior insurance clearance on accrual of patients onto clinical trials for acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  • Closed Ecological Systems–Aquatic
  • Diversity and Teamwork Study
  • Stem cells as drug discovery agents
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Regulation of Macrophage Activation
  • Web-based Adolescent Health Screening and Risk Prevention
  • Medical Tricorder Project
  • Echocardiographic assessment of the structure and function of the normal and abnormal heart
  • Foster Business School Laboratory – 2 Research Assistants Needed
  • Manipulations of host cells by Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Local anesthesia in dentistry; techniques
  • Ultrasound imaging in dentistry
  • Human Immunology of Tuberculosis
  • Marketing/Social Media Research for Computer Experts
  • Sequencing Treatments for Mothers with ADHD and Their At-Risk Children
  • Myogenic stem cells: basic biology and applicability to muscle wasting disorders (muscular dystrophy) and age-associated muscle deterioration (sarcopenia)
  • Maternity, neonatal, Women’s health
  • Human Prostate Cancer Progression, Fred Hutch
  • Zebrafish models of heart and muscle disease
  • Oceanography research cruise
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant in Traumatic Brain Injury Lab
  • Learning in Biology
  • Platelet hyper-reactivity Cross talks between inflammation and hemostatic signals
  • Oral health and disease
  • Molecular Signaling Mechanisms of Heart Disease
  • Controlled fusion research in the HIT program
  • Blood-brain barrier in disease
  • Mouse genetics, cognition and Parkinson’s disease
  • Social Development in Childhood