Professors Recruiting New Research Assistants in 2021-2022

CBN faculty will be recruiting new undergraduate research assistants in Fall 2021. Please check the information posted below to learn which professors are recruiting new undergraduate students, along with descriptions of their research projects and details about how to apply.

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Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience | Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey has 19 registered members

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Victoria Abraira
Assistant Professor
Research Website: https://www.abrairalab.org
Research Summary: Decoding the sense of touch through molecular genetics
How to Apply: Email, Application through website
Preferences: Students pursuing grad school, 3.5+ GPA, Honors, familiarity with computers (coding is a plus or willingness to learn how to code)
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: Yes
Spring: Yes
Summer: Yes

Qian Cai
Associate Professor
Research Summary: Autophagy-lysosomal regulation and mitochondrial quality control in Alzheimer's disease
How to Apply: Aresty Summer Science or RA program
Preferences: Rising sophomore honors students with GPA 4.0 and interested in graduate school.
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: No
Spring: No
Summer: Maybe

Lori Covey
Dean of Life Sciences, Professor
Research Summary: Molecular and cellular immunology in mice and human cells
How to Apply: Email
Preferences: I prefer students who can commit to one year of on-site research. Also, they should be a strong student academically and have taken, or intend to take, the lecture course in Immunology.
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: No
Spring: Maybe
Summer: Yes

Wei Dai
Assistant Professor
Research Website: https://dai.rutgers.edu/
Research Summary: Protein aggregation in Huntington's Disease, membrane protein structure
How to Apply: Email, Aresty Summer Science or RA program
Preferences: Preference will be given to students interested in computational and structural biology; minimum GPA of 3.5
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: Maybe
Spring: Yes
Summer: Maybe

Brian Daniels
Assistant Professor
Research Website: https://www.danielslab.net/
Research Summary: Infection and inflammation in the central nervous system
How to Apply: Email, Aresty Summer Science or RA program
Preferences: Strong preference given to students planning on PhD or MD/PhD study. Usually take new students as sophomores.
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: No
Spring: Maybe
Summer: Maybe

Research Summary: Neural coding in the peripheral auditory system
How to Apply: Fundamentals of Neuro course
Preferences: prefer honors students, completed Fundamentals of Neuroscience
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: Maybe
Spring: Yes
Summer: Yes

Research Summary: Development of therapeutics for TBI and SCI; Biomarkers for schizophrenia
How to Apply: Email, Aresty Summer Science or RA program
Preferences: Highly motivated students pursuing grad school. GPA >3.5 in CBN/MBB/Genetics/ Bioengineering. 15-20h/week during school year; 40 h/week during summer.
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: No
Spring: Maybe
Summer: Maybe

Dunne Fong
Associate Professor
Research Summary: Cancer stem cells, parasitic protozoa
How to Apply: Email
Preferences: Ideally starting out early (first year or sophomore)
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: No
Spring: Maybe
Summer: Maybe

Martin Grumet
Professor
Research Summary: Studies of stem cells in clinical trials
How to Apply: Email with CV
Preferences: Interest in stem cell and/or clinical trials
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: Yes
Spring: Yes
Summer: Yes

Research Website: https://njstem.com/
Research Summary: Using stem cell-derived human neurons to identify genetic mechanisms in addiction and disease
How to Apply: Email. REU Program (ex.) RISE, Aresty, NeuroSURP
Preferences: Prior experience with cell culture. Students with R and/or Python experience may be considered for bioinformatics studies.
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: Maybe
Spring: Maybe
Summer: Maybe

Rafiq Huda
Assistant Professor
Research Website: https://hudalab.org/
Research Summary: Neural circuits for decision making and their dysfunction in alcohol use disorders
How to Apply: Email. REU Program (ex.) RISE, Aresty, NeuroSURP
Preferences: Students interested in graduate school, coding experience in MATLAB and/or Python, minimum 10hr/week commitment
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: Yes
Spring: Maybe
Summer: Yes

Peng Jiang
Assistant Professor
Research Summary: Stem cells as a model of brain development and disease, stem cell regenerative medicine for neural repair
How to Apply: Email
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: Maybe
Spring: Maybe
Summer: Maybe

Kelvin Y. Kwan
Associate Professor
Research Summary: Regeneration of the vertebrate inner ear
How to Apply: Email. REU Program (ex.) RISE, Aresty, NeuroSURP
Preferences: Students interested in graduate school.
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: Maybe
Spring: Maybe
Summer: Maybe

Research Summary: Mutant huntingtin aggregation vis-à-vis neuron survival
How to Apply: mail, Aresty Summer Science or RA program, students taught in class
Preferences: Neat, organized, and interested in science.
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: Yes
Spring: Yes
Summer: Maybe

David J. Margolis
Associate Professor
Research Summary: Neural circuit function and plasticity in mice
How to Apply: Email
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: No
Spring: Maybe
Summer: Maybe

Research Summary: Mammalian cardiovascular system
How to Apply: Email. REU Program (ex.) RISE, Aresty, NeuroSURP
Preferences: I will screen and make determination of qualifications of each.
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: Maybe
Spring: Maybe
Summer: Maybe

Max Tischfield
Assistant Professor
Research Summary: Cellular/Circuit mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders, The development/function of meningeal lymphatic vessels and the brain's glymphatic system
How to Apply: Email
Preferences: MD/PhD students or those wishing to attend graduate school. HIGHLY motivated pre-medical students will be considered
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: No
Spring: Maybe
Summer: Yes

Ping Xie
Associate Professor
Research Summary: Mechanisms of immune regulation and cancer pathogenesis
How to Apply: Email
Preferences: Minimum GPA 3.5
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: Yes
Spring: Yes
Summer: Yes

 

Wise Young
Richard H. Shindell Chair in Neuroscience
Research Summary: Spinal cord and brain injury
How to Apply: Email. REU Program (ex.) RISE, Aresty, NeuroSURP
Preferences: I hold a student conference every Friday from 3-5 pm to talk to students about research in the Keck Center and during the summer (email for details)
Semesters Accepting Students:

Fall: Yes
Spring: Yes
Summer: Yes