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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 28 - August 3, 2012
Class Requirement: Undergraduate College Student
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Microbiology, Biochemistry, and related fields
Description: A 10-week summer research training program for undergraduates that focuses on a wide range of microbiological phenomena. The program integrates the application of state-of-the-art genome-based technologies for fundamental and applied research projects in microbiology.

Fundamental:  origin of life, environmental limits of life, roles in biosphere, basic cellular processes, cell-cell communication and multi-cellular structures, quorum sensing, development of epidemics, mechanisms of pathogenicity, host-pathogen interaction, ecology, and geomicrobiology. Applied: production of biofuels and chemicals, bioremediation, development of diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics, and detection and prevention of microbial contamination in the food supply.

• Student-led independent research
• Work closely with faculty mentors
• Student-run committees manage
  many activities
• Insight into graduate student life

The goal of this program is to prepare participants for life as a graduate student.

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: $4,500
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 01/31/2012
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Maureen Lawrence-Kuether
Washington Street (0477)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-3669
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