Monday, 4 August 2014

Undergraduate Summer Vacation Research Scholarships

UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences is offering a number of Summer Vacation Research Scholarships (SVRS):

Are you a science student who would like the opportunity to experience the real world of scientific research first-hand? Students in the penultimate (second last) year of their undergraduate program in Science or a related discipline are invited to apply for a SVRS to join a BABS research team and participate in research over the coming summer.

Each scholarship is valued at $3,800 and students will participate in a 6-week research project.

The School facilitates collaborative research efforts across discipline boundaries for fundamental discoveries, generation of commercial opportunities and clinical research. BABS has key strengths in environmental microbiology, genetics and cellular biology, molecular medicine, and associated technology development in the areas of functional genomics and many facets of biotechnology. The School has a unique strength in combining fundamental biological and biomolecular sciences with a strong applied biotechnology and medical focus. 

See the BABS undergraduate scholarships page for further details and a full list of projects available. We have one advertised project (below) but I am happy to discuss other projects related to any area of research in the lab.

Project: Molecular mimicry in host-pathogen interactions

Many viruses hijack host cellular machinery through the molecular mimicry of host Short Linear Motifs (SLiMs). It is likely that pathogenic bacteria may employ similar strategies. This project will apply state-of-the-art SLiM prediction tools developed in our lab to published datasets of host-pathogen protein-protein interactions. This will help us understand how pathogens mess with their hosts - and how to stop them! 

Time project is available: From Early December 2014 to Mid February 2015

Preferred students: Students should have an interest in molecular mechanisms and bioinformatics. Prior experience or an interest in programming would be beneficial but is not required.

Other conditions: This project is computational.

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