Opportunity for an Undergraduate Research Position

The Blanke Laboratory is seeking a talented undergraduate to conduct research. This position is time demanding with high expectations, and is best suited for an undergraduate interested in pursing graduate school (either a masters or PhD), preferentially in microbiology or cell biology. It is also ideal for a student planning to graduate in the spring of 2017. However, students pursing other careers or are graduating later than 2017 are certainly welcome to apply and will be considered.
The research project a student will investigate in this position is the molecular pathogenesis of infectious disease. Specifically, the mechanisms that a bacterial toxin from the human gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori uses to target the mitochondria, and the host cell response to toxin mediated mitochondrial damage. The experience will provide students with the skills necessary to plan and perform experiments, collect and interpret data, and present results to others. Laboratory skills that the student will potentially practice (depending on the exact nature of the project) include standard molecular biology techniques, bacterial culturing, protein purification, biochemical analytical procedures, animal work/histological analyses, microscopy, and working in cell culture based systems. Depending on the exact direction of the project, a student may choose to pursue other methodologies as well.
If interested, please contact Robin Holland (rhollan2@illinois.edu) for questions or to schedule an interview by Friday, August 28th. The position will begin as early as possible in the fall semester to allow for registration for MCB 290 before the registration deadline.