We are the Saif Lab in MEL 2210. Our project investigates the role of tumor stiffness and cell forces on metastatic progression in colorectal cancer. We perform traction force microscopy (TFM), RNAseq, PCR and other experiments to study the cross-talk between cancer and stromal cells. The student will perform cell culture, make polyacrylamide gels for TFM, prepare samples for RNAseq or PCR etc. We have recently developed a new sensor for measuring cell forces in 3D matrices. The student is likely to assist in that project as well.
Students who are familiar with cell culture are preferred. We encourage students from the Honors program in MCB to apply. Students from MechSE or Bioengineering can also apply, if they are willing to learn the abovementioned activities.
The projects are ongoing and training will start as early as possible. The student will continue working through the summer 2021, preferably the fall as well. Tentatively, work will be ~10 hrs/week . Hourly rate of pay will be ~ $10.
Interested students can send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for applying or inquiry. Applicants are requested to attach their latest CV with the application.