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Below is a list of open undergraduate research opportunities. Please be aware that these are not the only available positions for undergraduates to get involved in research at Ohio State. Typically, students seek their position out by following the "3 Steps to Getting Involved." The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry is here to help students through this process; please visit our homepage to schedule an advising appointment with a staff member! 

  
  
  
Project Description
Position Description
  
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
Which semester would the student begin their work?
  
  
  
  
What information should applicants provide?
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
Project NameTaste receptor signaling in metabolism and disease
General Field of StudyMetabolomics
Faculty Member LeadGeorge Kyriazis
Project Description
Our studies aim to understand how taste receptors (TRs) found in peripheral organs such as the gut, pancreas, muscle, adipose, immune, and brain sense nutrients during and after a meal to regulate hormones and nutrient metabolism.  We are currently working in four systems: intestine, muscle, immune.
Understanding the chemosensory role of TRs in response to ingested nutrients may shed light on the association between their consumption and adverse public health outcomes, such as diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome.
Position Description
The student will work with research associates and mentor to perform lab tasks related to research goals.  Work may include preparing solutions, preparation of lab supplies, immunohistochemistry, preforming PCR and qPCR analysis, genotyping, data collection, handling mice, and assisting with tissue collection. In addition to lab work, the student will have the opportunity to participate in lab meetings, where we critically evaluate data collected in the lab and other scientific literature.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Fine-handling skills are a must.  Extreme detail and organization needed.  Strong work ethic is essential.
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Sophomores
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Life Sciences
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
10-15 during school year.  Full time during summer (paid)
Which semester would the student begin their work?
ASAP
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingUntil graduation
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?voluntary or for credit during school year, paid during summer
End Date9/21/2019
How/who should interested students contact?Vanida.serna@osumc.edu
What information should applicants provide?
Resume, statement of goals and interests
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
 
Project NameUnmasking Sources of Atrial Fibrillation through studying Explanted Human Hearts
General Field of StudyCardiac Physiology
Faculty Member LeadProf. Vadim Fedorov, PhD. Department of Physiology and Cell Biology
Project Description
An Undergraduate research position will be available for a highly motivated young scientist to directly study heart rate disorders in humans by using functional, molecular, and structural 3D mapping techniques in the lab of Dr. Fedorov. This is a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge scientific projects with the OSU Cardiac Team (cardiac surgeons and electrophysiologists, cell biologists, biomedical engineers, etc.) The translational research in Dr. Fedorov’s lab presents the opportunity to enter an operating room in a hospital, receive a human heart, and then conduct research on the human tissue with state-of-the-art equipment.  Opportunities to present research at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum and other poster presentations at annual scientific meetings (such as Heart Rhythm Society and American Heart Association) are possible for qualified and devoted students.
Position Description
The student research will be expected to analyze the electrogram recordings taken from patients with atrial fibrillation to directly impact their care. The student will work closely with a graduate student and present their data at the weekly lab meeting. The student will be expected to be organized and committed for this research.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Preferred but not required: Second or Third year students, students who have completed physiology or anatomy courses, students with prior research experience (even if limited), engineering skills and experience with MATLAB, and a minimum GPA of 3.4.
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Rising Sophomore and above.
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Pre-medicine and/or students wishing to pursue a PhD in fields related to human physiology.  Majors including: Biomedical Science, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology, Neuroscience, etc.
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
15-25 hours/week
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Autumn 2019
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingAt least 2 Semesters, Summer availability preferred
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?Salary possible, academic credit possible, work-study possible, volunteering possible
End Date9/30/2019
How/who should interested students contact?Brian Hansen (hansen.296@osu.edu)
What information should applicants provide?
Interested Students should send a statement of purpose, a current resume, and their unofficial transcript.
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
 
Project NameBone Regeneration and Surgical Reconstruction of the Skelton
General Field of StudyBone Tissue Engineering and Medical Device Regenerative Medicine
Faculty Member LeadDavid Dean, Ph.D., Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Materials Science and Engineering
Project Description
Undergraduate Research Assistants will be expected to be ready to train in Lab Safety (ehs.osu.edu), project-specific tasks in clucing device design (implant CAD), 3D printing (polymers and metals), stem cell culture, animal surgery, and device metrology (SEM, histology, mechanical testing, material properties, resorption/corrosion). You will determine your project of interest, document the protocol, complete an experimental design, and begin needed training to conduct a full time project over summer 2020. The goal of your project will be to have results that are reportable at local  research days and/or in journal publications.
Position Description
Dr. David Dean is seeking undergraduate researchers to work throughout the academic year, including full time in summer 2019, to assist with tissue engineering and medical device research. Please visit our website, www.osteoengineering.com, to learn more about our research. All of our publications are available from that website. Work is on one of two teams: "Cell Culture and Surgery" or "Medical Device Design, Fabrication, and Validation".

The primary projects in the laboratory involve:(1) stem cell-seeded, 3D printed polymer-based bone tissue engineering scaffolds, (2) stiffness matched NiTi (nickel titanium) mandibular (lower jaw) fixation devices, (3) resorbalbe Mg alloy skeletal fixation devices.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Cell Culture and Surgery team: laboratory safety training, cell culture, and/or animal model research. Medical Device Design, Fabrication, and Validation team: material testing, CAD for 3D printing, biomechanics, computer programming, and/or statistics
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
iven the requirement of full time work in Summer 2019, only Freshman through Juniors may apply unless the candidate will enroll for a 5th year of undergraduate studies.
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Systems and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Welding Engineering
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
5-15 during academic year, full time in summer 2020.
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Training can begin as soon as possible (i.e., Fall 2019). Must have approved project and be fully trained by April 1, 2020.
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lasting11-44 months (2 to 8 semesters)
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?All of the above are possible, but it is unlikely that a student will receive salary or stipend in the first year.
End Date11/22/2019
How/who should interested students contact?David Dean, PhD (David.Dean@osumc.edu)
What information should applicants provide?
(1) Maximum one page Letter of Interest explaining: (a)  Why you are interested; (b)   how you qualify for the position (e.g., relevant past experiences); (c) current career goals if any; (d)  Weekly Schedule of available times to attend lab meetings or work on research activities for Fall 2018.

(2) Maximum two page Resume with the following: Resume with the following: (a) Name and contact information (home address, email address, and phone number); (b) University Rank (e.g. sophomore) and anticipated graduation month and year (e.g., May 2022); (c) Declared or anticipated Major(s) and Minor(s); (d) Relevant experiences (e.g., courses, previous research activities, previous work experience).
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
Please look at Osteo Engineering Website (www.osteoengineering.com) for further information.
 
Project NameMolecular Mechanisms of Autophagy
General Field of StudyCell and Molecular Biology; Cancer Biology
Faculty Member LeadAnne Strohecker Ph.D. Dept of Cancer Biology and Genetics
Project Description
The Strohecker lab (Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics) is currently seeking highly motivated students interested in autophagy and cancer. Current projects will provide experience in mammalian tissue culture, western blotting and microscopy and provide exposure to cloning, immunohistochemistry and mouse genetics.  Short and long term positions are available immediately. Please contact Dr. Strohecker to discuss further. Academic credit or volunteer positions available.
Position Description
Candidates should be detail oriented, able to keep laboratory notebook (mandatory), works well with others Highly motivated, willing to learn new techniques.  Previous lab experience would be helpful but not required.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Commitment of minimum of 10h per week.
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
rising sophmores and up. 
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
Commitment of 10h/ week
Which semester would the student begin their work?
available immediately. Students interested in joining the group for the coming summer are encouraged to contact Dr. Strohecker in February to ensure ability to apply for summer research grants.
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lasting
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?credit or volunteer positions available
End Date12/31/2019
How/who should interested students contact?Dr. Strohecker/ anne.strohecker@osumc.edu
What information should applicants provide?
Statement of interest, long term goals, copy of recent advising report
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
 
Project NameMuseum Study Skin Preparation
General Field of StudyOrganismal Biology
Faculty Member LeadDr. Andreas Chavez, EEOB
Project Description
The Chavez Lab in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology and the Museum of Biological Diversity at OSU is looking for volunteer Lab Assistants to help with museum specimen preparation! We are studying the process of diversification in mammals and are interested in how and why mammalian species adapt and become new species. We are working on a variety of wild mammal studies, including genomics of adaptation and speciation in tree squirrels, venom evolution in shrews, comparative evolution of color pattern in squirrels, conservation genetics in gophers, and so on…For more information about the lab, visit our website: http://www.aschavez.com. The animals that are being prepped have been collected for research (DNA and morphological studies) and will eventually join the natural history collection at the Museum of Biological Diversity at OSU (https://tetrapods.osu.edu/). Specimen preparation will take place in the Chavez Lab in Aronoff.
Position Description
No experience is required, but this type of work involves dissecting animals, extracting tissues to be placed in cryogenic tubes, skinning animals, and then stuffing and sewing animals as museum study skins. Attention to detail, ability to carefully follow directions, and fine motor skills are necessary. For those interested we require a minimum of at least one 3-hour time block/week to dedicate to prepping an entire specimen in one day. We are also favoring students that can commit for 6 months or more. The selection of students for this position is highly dependent on whether their schedule overlaps wit our lab assistant who will be training new preparators.

If you are interested please fill out the following 2 links (information about yourself & availability during the week for Autumn 2019):
https://forms.gle/WU7gfwq4odU28MKU9
http://whenisgood.net/9xaqrzb
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Interest of ability to dissect animals
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
None
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
Biology, zoology, EEOB, and wildlife majors are encouraged to apply
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
3
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Autumn 2019
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lastingongoing
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?voluntary
End Date8/1/2020
How/who should interested students contact?Stephanie Secic (secic.2@buckeyemail.osu.edu)
What information should applicants provide?
Fill out both links provided in the position description
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
Fill out both links provided in the position description
 
Project NameAnalysis of aging cell images
General Field of Studycell biology
Faculty Member LeadHay-Oak Park, Dept of Molecular Genetics
Project Description
The project aims to understand how cell polarity is involved in asymmetric segregation of  cellular damage and controling cellular lifespan.
Position Description
Main tasks are digital image processing and analyses of long-term microscopic imaging.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Basic knowledge of computer programs such Excel and Powerpoint
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
any rank
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
any natural science and engineering
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
5~10 hours per week
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Au
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lasting1 semester
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?either paid or academic credit (depending on students' need or qualification)
End Date9/30/2019
How/who should interested students contact?Dr. Park (park.294@osu.edu)
What information should applicants provide?
Resume or advising report; with a list any knowledge/experience of software such as MatLab etc.
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
This project requires heavy use of computers for data analyses and organization skills. Quick understanding of new software is critical for this project.
 
Project NameStudy epigenetic programming of T cells during infections and cancer
General Field of StudyT cell immunology, Cancer Immunotherapy, Epigenetics
Faculty Member LeadDr. Hazem Ghoneim, Microbial Infection and Immunity
Project Description
Cytotoxic T lymphocytes are our most important defense against tumors or virus-infected cells. Recent advances in understanding T cell biology led to breakthrough discoveries for treating cancer or chronic virus infections. Despite the unprecedented success of T cell immunotherapy in treating multiple previously refractory cancers, many patients remain nonresponsive, while other patients relapse after initial clinical response. These challenges raise questions on the molecular mechanisms that regulate T cell function and response to immunotherapies.
Our lab aims to understand how T cell immune responses are generated and maintained during infections and cancer. We are particularly interested in:
1- Elucidating the mechanisms of epigenetic programming in CD8 T cells during infections and cancer.
2- Understanding how de novo epigenetic programs are regulated during the development of T cell exhaustion
3- Discovery of novel therapeutic targets to epigenetically reprogram T cells for treating chronic virus infections and cancer.
Position Description
The student will work with Postdoctoral visiting scholar, research assistant and mentor to perform lab tasks related to research goals.  Work may include preparing lab supplies, preforming PCR and cloning analysis, genotyping, handling mice, assisting with tissue collection, cell culture, and Flow cytometry. In addition to lab work, the student will have the opportunity to participate in lab meetings, where we critically evaluate data collected in the lab and other scientific literature. Opportunity to develop own projects and experiments will be based on the student’s motivation and ability.
Please indicate any required or desired skills or qualifications that may be needed:Mol biology and Immunology courses are desired. Candidate should be able to keep laboratory notebook (mandatory), works well with others, and highly motivated.  Previous lab experience and work with mice would be helpful but not required
What rank of students are encouraged to apply?
Freshman or Sophomores; expected  to stay until  the graduation. Higher rank students may also apply if they have relevant research experience.
What majors of students are encouraged to apply?
BMS, Biology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Health Sciences
What are the approximate number of hours per week that the student is expected to be participating in the research?
10-20
Which semester would the student begin their work?
Fall
Approximately how many semesters or months do you predict this research postion lasting4-6 semesters
Will the student be working for academic credit, salary/stipend, work-study experience, or voluntary experience?Academic credit, possibility for a stipend depending on the student's research ethics and interest.
End Date9/20/2019
How/who should interested students contact?Hazem.Ghoneim@osumc.edu
What information should applicants provide?
Resume, statement of goals and interests
Is there any additional information that you would like to provide?
Our lab website for further information:
https://u.osu.edu/ghoneim.2/