Tuesday, February 17, 2015

REU program at Virginia Tech: Microbiology in the Post Genome Era

Application Of Genome-based Approaches
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 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.

Features
  • 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 (see the calendar for details)
  • Training in program management: The trainees will help to manage the program through participation on committees.


For more information, please visit: http://microbiologyreu-ret.vbi.vt.edu/index.php

2015 Program dates: May 26 - July 31, 2015
Application Deadline: March 2nd, 2015

The program provides
  • A stipend of $5000
  • Travel to and from the site
  • Room and board