Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"CPIP: Role of the gut immune system in prevention of cancer"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Full-Year 2011 - CPIP
Research area(s):
Cancer and Immunology
Project Description:
We study the role of immune system in regulation of anti-cancer responses. The immune system interacts with the tumor cells and suppresses or promotes the tumor growth. We will study the impact of retinoic acid and gut commensal products such as short chain fatty acids in regulation of anti-tumor immunity. We will study how these gut products prevent or control cancer formation through regulation of the immune system.
Expected Student Contributions:
Gene expression analysis Monitoring tumor growth Immune cell analysis by flow cytometry Measurement of metabolites
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Desired Qualifications:
Excellent computer skills; Previous experience with gene expression analysis is a plus; GPA > 3.4; Life science (e.g. Biology) major;
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 4 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Kim, Chang
Comparative Pathobiology/Cancer Center

Student Supervisor

Dr. Chang Kim
Professor of Immunology

Cooperating Faculty

Bruce Cooper
Metabolite Profiling Facility/ Bindley