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International Summer School in London: Program in Medicine

Imperial College London Faculty of Medicine Summer School 2015: Revolutions in Biomedicine

This year, Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine is launching its first International Summer School. With an overarching program theme of ‘Revolutions in Biomedicine’, the School will provide a research-centered, academic course for bioscience and medicine undergraduates (or recent graduates) from around the world.

The school will:

  • Give insight into past, present and future revolutions in biomedicine through lectures, interactive group sessions and seminars
  • Give experience of experimental design and the creativity of research by immersion in a laboratory research project

Programme benefits for the students:

  • Gain academic credit and enhance their CV
  • Intensive and stimulating study at a top world top ten ranked university
  • Interact with world-leading medical researchers
  • Experience London’s rich cultural and historical heritage
  • Make new friends and develop a strong network of contacts
  • Enjoy our lively social program

Key facts:

  • Website: www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/summerschool
  • Dates: 29 June to 17 July 2015 (3 weeks)
  • Students: bioscience and medicine undergraduate (and recent graduates) (no course cap for overseas students)
  • Academic credit: 7.5 ECTS, 3-4 US (the student’s own institution will determine how much credit is awarded)
  • Fees: £3,500 for both home/EU and overseas students (does not include accommodation or travel)
  • Modules:
    o   ‘Immunology and Infection: welcome to the future’
    o    ‘Advanced therapeutics in heart and lung research’
    o   ‘Analytical and therapeutic revolutions in cancer and reproductive biology’
    o   ‘Global health challenges’


  • A week-long tissue culture and pharmacology mini-research project on controlling cell proliferation
  • Keynote lectures from prestigious speakers
  • A career perspective and insight session
  • An exciting social program to help you discover London, learn about English culture and start life-long connections
  • The chance to secure a scholarship awarded to the student (home/EU or overseas) who can best demonstrate outstanding academic potential. The scholarship will cover tuition fees, accommodation, travel and reasonable living expenses

You can find the link for a printable version of the course flyer here.

Please see our website for more information and contact the Summer School Administrator Dr Jim Osborne (james.osborne@imperial.ac.uk) if you have further enquiries.

WRF-IPD Innovation Fellows Program

Calling all post-docs! With a very generous $8 M gift from the Washington Research Foundation (WRF), the Institute for Protein Design (IPD) has launched the WRF-IPD Innovation Fellows Program supporting research partnerships between the IPD and other Seattle-area research institutes or UW departments. They are recruiting exceptionally talented researchers who have just finished their PhD to join expert laboratories at local institutions where they will apply protein design methods to current health, energy, and materials related research problems.

Over the next 5-6 years, there will be a steady state of twelve WRF-IPD Fellows who are supported for 3 years with funding for salary, computation, gene synthesis, protein production and other research costs.  Candidate fellows must identify a Seattle-based research laboratory in their area of interest, and are expected to spend most of their time in these laboratories while at the same time becoming expert at protein design methodology at the IPD.  WRF-IPD Fellows will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement and future promise. Prospective fellows may choose from a list of projects proposed by Seattle area faculty, or propose a new project; in the latter case, the fellow must identify one or more suitable host laboratories.

To apply and find out more about this opportunity, visit http://www.ipd.uw.edu/wrf-ipd-innovation-fellows-program/

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

Con­tact Name: Chris Lewis

Con­tact Email: clewis56[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Dermatology


We are a moderately 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. Our research involves basic, clinical and translational aspects of Merkel cell carcinoma, an uncommon, frequently lethal skin cancer associated with immune suppression, UV exposure, and Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) (see www.merkelcell.org).

We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic undergraduate to assist with general lab duties and translational/clinical studies involving maintenance of patient databases and clinical trials. 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 (eg: DNA extraction, western blotting, cell culture).

We will prioritize applicants who are sophomores or juniors who have completed the general chemistry series as well as begun the biology series. A minimum of ten hours a week is the anticipated commitment. However, participation can be flexible depending upon the project and availability. Students willing to make a two year comittment are strongly preferred.

The Undergraduate Reasearch Assistant position offers hourly compensation equal to the Washington State minimum.

Qualified applicants should send a resume and unofficial transcript to Chris Lewis at clewis56@uw.edu


* Sophomore or Junior
* Completed general chemistry series
* Begun general biology series
* 10 hrs/wk minimum
* 2 year commitment
* Wage $9.32 / hr

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Research Opportunity: Identification of HIV Reservoirs in people treated with potent antiretroviral therapies

Con­tact Name: James Mullins

Con­tact Email: jmullins[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Microbiology


HIV persists in the body despite the application of highly potent therapies that reduce it to undetectable levels in the blood. Students will join an effort designed to identify the tissues in which these residual virus “reservoirs” are found. Students will join a vibrant laboratory focused on multiple basic research questions critical to current objectives in AIDS research. Each student will learn careful molecular biologic technologies and bioinformatics approaches to DNA sequence analysis. We prefer students to join in their Sophomore year, commit ~10 hrs/week during the academic year, and if all goes well, stay with us throughout their undergraduate careers.


Biology 180 and 200. Chemistry 142/145

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Research Opportunity: Genetics of pediatric epilepsy

Con­tact Name: Heather Mefford

Con­tact Email: hmefford[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Pediatrics, Genetic Medicine


Our lab uses genomic technologies to discover genetic causes of pediatric epilepsy syndromes and other disorders. Opportunities for projects include candidate gene sequencing to identify mutations, chromosome microarrays for copy number variant discovery, setting up functional assays to study the function of new epilepsy genes and bioinformatics analysis of sequence data to explore different models of inheritance.




Background in biological sciences
Able to commit 10-15 hrs per week minimum
Previous lab experience helpful but not required

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Research Opportunity: Dissecting the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms of neuronal death in mitochondrial disease

Con­tact Name: Albert Quintana

Con­tact Email: albertq[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Pediatrics/Seattle Children’s Research Institute


Every single cell in our body requires energy to survive. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell. Accordingly, mutations in the mitochondrial machinery involved in energy generation lead to a group of progressive, untreatable and usually fatal pathologies affecting 1:500 births.

High-energy consuming organs, such as the brain are usually affected. However, there is a high degree of specificity in the type of neurons affected and it is not currently known what drives some neurons to survive (or to die) when faced with a mitochondrial mutation.

Our lab uses a mouse model of mitochondrial disease that recapitulates the human pathology. Our goal is to use different tools (mouse genetics, molecular biology, pharmacology, optogenetics) to identify the mechanisms driving neuronal fate in the context of mitochondrial disease. If we can identify the genes and factors altered in affected neurons, we could propose potential treatments for mitochondrial disease.

Interested students will participate in all aspects of research (from animal husbandry to performing the experiments), will expose and discuss their results and be active part of any potential publications.

This project could provide a great opportunity to gain experience in a research setting.


Basic knowledge in Neurobiology
Basic knowledge in Molecular Biology
Willingness to work with animal models (mice)
Willingness to commute to Seattle Children’s Research Institute (9th Ave and Stewart)
Prior lab experience is a plus
15-18 hours/week

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Presentation Opportunity: AACR 9th Annual Undergraduate Caucus & Poster Competition

Join us on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina in San Diego, CA for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Ninth Annual Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition.

This free program includes an undergraduate poster session that awards monetary prizes, in addition to an inspirational introduction to the field of cancer research and a career panel to answer students’ questions about forging a path as a researcher.

This innovative program takes place during the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2014. The AACR Annual Meeting is the Association’s largest annual event. Last year, over 18,000 researchers attended the AACR Annual Meeting to network and learn about the latest breakthroughs in cancer research.

All students who pre-register and participate in the Undergraduate session receive free registration for the entire AACR Annual Meeting 2014. Interested students should complete the Student Registration Form and submit it via fax to (215) 440-9412 or email to scienceeducation[at]aacr.org by March 7, 2014.

Those who are interested in presenting a poster should also submit their research abstract online at http://myAACR.aacr.org before February 28, 2014.

Visit us on the web for more information. With any questions about AACR’s science education programs for undergraduates, please email scienceeducation[at]aacr.org or call toll-free (866) 423-3965. We hope to see you in San Diego!

Research Opportunity: Mechanisms of Mitochondrial Longevity Mutants

Con­tact Name: Dr. Jafari

Con­tact Email: celltimer[at]gmail.com

Depart­ment: Pathology


I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Kaeberlein lab, http://kaeberleinlab.org/people/ali-jafari looking for an enthusiastic and hard working student who wants to expand his/her knowledge and gain laboratory experiences and enjoy finding answers to some biological questions.

This position is not a paid position, but you can receive credit and your contribution will be appreciated by mentioning in the authors section of to be published paper(s).

The project is on the role of the mitochondria in longevity and development. My team is dissecting the mechanisms by which mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) dysfunction result in slowing aging (longevity). In the first step, we are using EMS/ENU mutagenesis suppressor screen to detect the genetic pathways that are involved in the developmental delay in isp-1(qm150). Having success in the mutagenesis suppressor screen, we expand our knowledge in molecular mechanisms that regulate the isp-1(qm150) and other ETC mutants development and lifespan.

Research in the Kaeberlein Lab is focused on developing therapies for age-associated diseases by targeting the pathways that regulate aging. I use the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans that is considered as one of the best studied invertebrate aging models. Our lab has a very happy, friendly, supportive, and productive atmosphere.

I have around 10 years experience in C. elegans field and I can teach my skills from basic nematode maintenance, making double or triple mutants, behavior analyses, immunostaining, to microscopy and molecular biology to you. In addition, I have done medicine and can relate the knowledge of invertebrate organisms to human.


At least six months experience of biological science laboratory work (not lab courses)
Or a student who has an award or scholarship ending this year or 2015 (regardless of previous lab experience)

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Research Opportunity: Protein Therapy for Cardiac and Skeletal Muscle Disease

Con­tact Name: Wei-Ming Chien

Con­tact Email: chienw[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Cardiology


Our research goal is to develop novel protein-based therapies for cardiac and skeletal muscle disorders, to be tested in cell culture and live mouse models.  Students will work with a graduate student and post-doc in the lab to assist with experimental material preparation, particularly protein induction and purification.  Applicants should provide the following information in no more than a few sentences per question.

1) Contact information (name, email or phone):
2) Current Program of Study and Year:
3) Why are you interested in this position?
4) Past lab experience if any, describe briefly:
5) What do you hope to gain from working in the Chin Lab?
6) What are your hobbies?
7) Where do you hope to be in:
a. 5 years from now?
b. 10 years from now?
8) What are your strengths and weaknesses?
9) What is your availability in terms of time per week and duration of commitment?


The student should commit for at least one year.  Hours spent in lab can be registered for undergraduate research credit.  Previous coursework in Chemistry or Biochemistry or lab experience are preferred but not required.

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