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Two lab jobs available (originally posted by CURB) – Application deadlines 2/10/20 and probably end of February

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Lei Lab for exploring microalgae in relations to iron-deficiency, anemia and developing plant-based protein (Xingen Lei, Animal Science)

Highly motivated and fully committed and capable undergraduate researchers are invited to join an active research team in Dr. Lei’s Lab for exploring microalgae as an novel iron source for fighting against global human iron deficiency and anemia and for developing plant-based protein substitutes of animal meat. Currently, we are focusing on the extraction and purification of iron bound in protein from N. oceanica. We are seeking undergraduates who will assist in the project starting this semester, and who will take over the project in a year. Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, but students with strong background in chemistry, biology, and previous lab experiences are highly desirable. This position will offer academic credit via the BIOG 4990 Independent Undergraduate Research class. Successful applicants will work with a knowledgeable and experienced mentor and learn how to run crystal purification assays, as well as be trained on special microscopes such as the SEM and TEM. The hours are very flexible, but the student will be expected to participate in the lab’s biweekly meeting where they will both present their own research from the previous week, and learn about the research being performed by the other undergraduates in the lab. If interested in the position, please contact Elana S. Cohen at no later than Friday, February 10th with your resume and a brief explanation of why you are interested in this position.   (Note for BEE students – we may be able to negotiate BEE 4990 credit instead, given that this is a bioseparations project)

Paid Undergraduate Research Experience with honeybee swarms (Jacob M Peters, postdoctoral associate, ECE)
Honeybee swarms use airflow and pheromones to communicate during aggregation around a queen. When one individual detects the queen, it drives airflow away from the queen by fanning its wings and seeds the air with pheromone. Other individuals align with this flow and generate their own pheromone/flow signal. In this way, the bees collectively orient toward the queen and walk upstream until they reach her. We’ve collected some videos of this process and would like for you to help us analyze the data!! Please contact Jacob Michael Peters,, if you are interested! Visit for more information.

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