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REU Site: Microbiology in the Post Genome Era

Primary Institution: Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI)
Affiliation: Virginia Tech
City: Blacksburg
State: VA
Job Duration: May 31 - August 7, 2010 (10 weeks)
Class Requirement: Completed Sophomore Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Microbiology & Biology
Description: A 10-week research-training program on a wide variety of microbiological phenomena

Application of genome-based technologies

Fundamental Microbiology - origin of life, environmental limits of life, evolution and diversification of metabolism, roles in biosphere, basic cellular processes, development of cell-cell communication and multi-cellular structures, morphogenesis, quorum sensing, development of epidemics, molecular mechanisms of pathogenicity, host-pathogen interaction, ecology, and geomicrobiology.

Applied Microbiology - production of fuels and bulk and fine chemicals, bioremediation, development of diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics, detection and prevention of microbial contamination in the food supply.

• A student-led independent research project in one of the participating laboratories
• Weekly seminars given by faculty members and external speakers
• Informal discussion sessions
• Career sessions on gaining admission to a Ph.D. program and pursuing graduate studies productively
• Training in cutting edge genomic technologies through lectures and a visit to the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Core Laboratories
• Visits to companies and laboratories that utilize or study microbiological processes
• Presentation of poster and seminar at a campus-wide end of summer research

Training in program management: The trainees will help to manage the program through participation on committees.

The program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (award number, 0851902) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or 2009 (Public Law 111-5) and Fralin Life Sciences Institute of Virginia Tech
Stipend: Scholarship Reimbursement of $4500
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/08/2010
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Dr. Biswarup Mukhopadhyay
Washington Street (0477)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-8015
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