Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"CPIP: Techniques to analyze molecular signaling in cancer cells"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Full-Year 2013 - CPIP
Research area(s):
Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science
Project Description:
Our exciting research group welcomes highly motivated undergraduate students in the area of biochemistry, biology, chemistry and computer science to tackle the most diverstating disease-cancer. We particularly investigate one type of molecules called biomarkers that are indicators of physiologic state and also of change during a disease process. The utility of a biomarker lies in its ability to provide an early indication of the disease, to monitor disease progression, to provide ease of detection, and to provide a factor measurable across populations. The emergence of novel technologies allows researchers to facilitate the comprehensive analyses of potential biomarkers in health and disease. The information that is expected from such technologies may soon exert a dramatic change in the pace of cancer and other diseases research and impact dramatically on the diagnosis and therapy of diseases. These approaches have already demonstrated the power of molecular medicine in discriminating among disease subtypes that are not recognizable by traditional pathologic criteria and in identifying specific genetic events involved in disease progression. The Tao research group covers a selection of advances in the realm of mass spectrometry-based proteomics and addresses issues regarding sample preparation, chemistry, instrumentation, data management and bioinformatics.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern can choose to work in the areas of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or bioinformatics. This will be a full-time summer internship.
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Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Tao, W. Andy

Student Supervisor

Anton Iliuk
Postdoctoral fellow

Cooperating Faculty

Robert Geahlen