Subject: Seeking undergraduate research assistants

Plant/algal Evolution Research Using DNA Methods

The laboratory of Charles Delwiche is seeking undergraduate research
assistants. The lab uses high-throughput DNA sequencing and computational
methods to study the early evolutionary history of photosynthetic eukaryotes.
Current projects include: biodiversity in dinoflagellates, which are
microscopic organisms in marine and freshwater environments (including the
Chesapeake Bay) that function as both primary producers and predators or
parasites; patterns of gene expression during competition in green algae,
which is relevant to ecosystem stability in a changing environment; the
evolutionary origin of land plants and their developmental processes; and
development of novel genetic model systems. Work would potentially include
wet bench molecular biology, cell culture, advanced microscopy,
bioinformatics, and some field work. Most students use several different
methods. Undergraduates assist with daily laboratory operations, but also
perform semi-independent research. Work may be either paid or for academic
credit. Preference will be given to students with two or more years before
graduation who are able to work during the academic year as well as during
summer and winter breaks. Comfort in and around the water; gardening,
aquarium, or animal care; and coding experience are big pluses.

To apply or for further information, contact Dr. Charles Delwiche,
[log in to unmask]; to apply, please send a resume and cover letter (email)
explaining your interests and objectives.

Contact Person: Charles Delwiche
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