Students will be trained in areas of reproductive biology and developmental sciences and receive career development workshops to prepare them for graduate school.
This is a 10 week training program. Travel, room and board, and a $2,000 stipend will be provided to the selected students.
Applicants: Preferentially juniors or rising seniors are expected to apply. The students are encouraged to select a research program of interest. Participating faculty labs to be determined annually.
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Grand Rapids Research Center
Summer 2020 Undergraduate Research Lab Choices
The Agnew lab aims to understand and document the reproductive pathology of free-ranging and captive wildlife, particularly when contracepted pharmacologically, hormonally, or by husbandry and management. Particular speciesof interest include: Elephants, polar bears, large carnivores, and amphibians.
We also develop pathology tools and protocols that can be used throughout the world, particularly in the developing world to enhance conservation and food safety.
The Arnosti laboratory studies transcriptional regulation in the context of development. The control of genes relevant to cancer and diabetes represent important areas of biomedical research, and we have developed models in Drosophila that allow us to unlock the molecular mechanisms of tumor suppressor proteins and complex transcriptional control regions. Students in our laboratory often generate and study transgenic models to learn about the mechanisms of gene regulation in higher eukaryotes.
The Carignan lab helps protect reproductive and child health by investigating exposure to contaminants in food, water, consumer and personal care products.
The Chandler Lab is focused on a process called chromatin remodeling. We are interested in understanding how chromatin remodeling regulates chromatin structure, epigenetics, and cell signaling in the female reproductive tract and how disruption of this process contributes to diseases, such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, and endometriosis-associated gynecologic cancers. We use in vivo disease models, genomics and cell biology techniques in our approaches. Potential projects include understanding how myometrial cells promote endometrial cell invasion in the uterus.
The Chen laboratory studies the molecular mechanisms underlying mammalian spermatogenesis and infertility using molecular, cellular, biochemical, mouse genetics and genomics approaches. The lab is broadly interested in genes and pathways influencing germ/stem cell self-renewal, differentiation and fertility with a current focus on the function of Tudor domain proteins and other Piwi-piRNApathway associated factors in gene silencing, genome stability, epigenetics, stem cell biology and cancer.
Understanding the critical cellular events that define synchrony between the developing embryo and the maternal uterus in a species that is phylogenetically related to humans will be paramount in improving the success of assisted reproductive therapies. Ongoing studies in the Fazleabas' laboratory are at the leading edge of this type of research endeavor. His laboratory was the first to conclusively demonstrate that signals from the primate embryo, like those of other species, induce cell specific changes in uterine gene expression. These changes are thought to play critical roles in establishing a synchrony between the maternal environment and the developing embryo that is a pre-requisite for a successful pregnancy.
The Petroff Laboratory studies the defense of the fetus from the maternal immune system, key molecular pathways of maternal and fetal development, and immunomodulation and autoimmune disease in fertility.
The Teixeira Laboratory is interested in studying reproductive tract and gonadal developmental with major research interests focused on four complementary studies directly related to women's health and reproduction We are using genomic and epigenomic approaches to study uterine fibroid development and pathophysiology. We are also interested in identification and molecular characterization of the uterine stem/progenitor cells and the functional effects of endocrine disruption on their behavior during uterine development and during normal uterine functions.