Zebrafish Neurobiology: Fluorescent transgenics and brain development

The Karlstrom Lab investigates the formation and growth of the ventral forebrain in the zebrafish. We have created/collected a large number of transgenic lines that allow us to 1) document gene expression domains in the brain and 2) study how cell-cell signaling systems control forebrain development and growth. This entry-level undergraduate project is to work with a graduate student to maintain these zebrafish transgenic lines and use fluorescence microscopy to examine gene expression patterns in the brain.

iPads and Children's Attention Networks (iCAN)

This project, iPads and Children’s Attention Networks (iCAN), will examine the ways in which young children's attention can be affected by tablet play in comparison to regular toy play. We are seeking RAs to help recruit participants, run the experiment, and enter collected data. New RAs will be trained in recruitment processes, procedures for running participants, SPSS statistical software analyses, and electrophysiological data (i.e., EEG) collection and analyses.

Psych 100, Psych 240, and Psych 241 (or equivalent courses)
3.5 GPA

Invasive Species Ecology and Climate Change Research

The Stinson lab is looking for two students interested in a holistic ecological research experience; the research will involve field and laboratory work. Overall, we are looking for students interested in earning 1 or 2 credits for helping with ecological research within the Environmental Conservation Department. Before November, some time will be spent out at the Harvard Forest (in Petersham, MA) looking at microhabitat effects on a metapopulation of garlic mustard – an invasive, biennial plant.

Emerald Ash Borer Technician

I am seeking a motivated student interested in conservation, ecology, or entomology to work with me on field and laboratory studies focused on controlling the invasive insect, the emerald ash borer. Since its discovery in Michigan in 2002, the emerald ash borer (EAB) has spread to 25 states in the US, killing millions of native ash trees. Management of EAB now focuses on biological control through the use of three introduced parasitoids that specialize in destroying EAB.

Designing genetic markers to identify Brachypodium species

Brachypodium distachyon is a premier model species for biologists working with grasses. However, B. distachyon is difficult to distinguish morphologically from two other species: B. staceii and the hybrid tetraploid, B. hybridum. This has made expanding the breadth of B. distachyon collections from the wild very difficult, hindering the development of resources for this species. Professors Caicedo (Biology), Hazen (Biology) and Tyler (BMB) have a large collection of Brachypodium spp.

Armored scale insects: DNA and microscope slide preparation

Our laboratory uses DNA sequences and morphological characters to investigate the diversity, evolution and ecology of armored scale insects (class Insecta: order Hemiptera: family Diaspididae), especially in tropical rainforests. Paid lab assistantships are available for students to prepare DNA and microscope slide mounts from individual armored scale insect specimens. For advanced students, independent research projects are also possible.

Feeding Behavior of Stable Flies

Join a research group that is interested in better understanding the physiology of stable flies, blow flies, house flies and Drosophila. Currently we are investigating various aspects of feeding behavior as it relates to a special organ known as the crop. This organ is essential in controlling short term and long term feeding, as well as helping regulate the fly’s blood sugar levels. Because of this, this organ is especially important in current studies related to human diabetes.


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