Examples of Possible 2017-2018 Rotation Projects

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If a faculty member is not listed below, and you wish to learn more about their research, don't hesitate to contact them to discuss a possible rotation with them. Research needs can change quickly. It is always a good idea to communicate with faculty about their research if you are interested in learning more about it.

Ludovico Cademartiri Materials Science and Engineering

Please contact him to discuss the possibility of rotations for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

 Steven Cannon Agronomy and USDA ARS

He could provide a rotation opportunity perhaps, for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018, if you are interested in this research: The USDA-ARS group of Dr. Steven Cannon participates in genome assembly and analysis projects, pursues questions related to domestication in the legume plant family, and builds and maintains web-accessible tools for plant biology researchers. We maintain these web sites: http://soybase.org, http://peanutbase.org, and http://legumeinfo.org. He does not have a permanent lab placement, however. Contact him if you are interested in a rotation in his lab.

Jack Dekkers Animal Science

Please contact him to discuss a rotation for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

Julie Dickerson Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact her to ask about rotation opportunities for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

Karin Dorman Statistics Department

Contact her to ask about rotation opportunities for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

Oliver Eulenstein Computer Science

Contact him to ask about rotation opportunities for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 that strike a balance between the development of methods in molecular biology, and the rigorous evaluation of their impact in practice.

David Fernandez-Baca Computer Science

Contact him to ask about a rotation opportunity for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.

Iddo Friedberg VMPM

Contact him to ask about a rotation opportunity for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. His website is here. His areas of research interest include evolution of protein function; evolution of operons and gene neighborhoods; protein structure-function relationships; metagenomics, host-microbiome interactions, and computational protein function prediction.

Tracy Heath Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

Tracy may have a rotation for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 depending on a match in research interests. Prefers January timeframe for rotation opportunity. Contact her for details here.

Eric Henderson Genetics, Development and Cell Biology

Eric may have a rotation opportunity for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. Contact him for details here.

Richard Honzatko Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

He has a 2017-2018 rotation research opportunity. Several Biochemistry Graduate Students will be competing for a position with him. The first or second rotations work the best for him.  Contact him if you are interested in his research.

Adina Howe  Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

Please contact her to discuss the possibility of rotations for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.  Project:  Assembly and function of nectar microbial communities. The goal of this project is to study the ecology of microorganisms that are found in floral nectar. The results will be used to understand how the following three dimensions of biodiversity affect one another: genetic diversity of the most common species of nectar-colonizing yeast; species diversity of the bacteria that also colonize nectar; and functional diversity of the yeast and bacteria in their effects on the chemical characteristics of nectar and the consequences for pollination success and seed production.   In general, students in our group work on a large variety of projects integrating biological and environmental datasets to understand complex interactions.  More information can be found at www.germslab.org.

Robert Jernigan Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

He has a 2017-2018 rotation research opportunity: To improve protein sequence matching by incorporating structural information, and to enable distinction between neutral and deleterious mutants. Contact him.

Peng Liu Statistics

May have a rotation opportunity for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 for those with strong similar research area interest. Please contact her if you are interested in a rotation. 

Gustavo Macintosh Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

May have a Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 rotation opportunity.  Please contact him if you are interested in pursuing a rotation opportunity.

Allen Miller Plant Pathology and Microbiology

May have a Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 rotation opportunity.  Please contact him if you are interested in pursuing a rotation opportunity.

Jon Mochel V MPM

Has a rotation opportunity for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018.  Please contact him if you are interested in a rotation. 

Walter Moss Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Has a rotation opportunity for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018.  He will present at the August 18 event in room 1424 MBB at 2:45 p.m.  Please contact him if you are interested in a rotation.  See his website here. Research interests: Noncoding RNA discovery; RNA structure and function. The major goal of the Moss Lab is to identify RNA sequences with a high propensity to fold then deduce their structures, functions, and the roles played by structure: particularly as relates to human disease.

Gregory Phillips V MPM

Dr. Phillips provided this description of his research for a potential rotation opportunity in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018: "Recent experimental evidence reveals that the bacterial communities (microbiota) that comprise the mammalian gastrointestinal (GI) tract can have a profound influence on the health of the host.  Diseases ranging from colorectal malignancies to inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) have been linked to an abnormal microbiota (dysbiosis) in humans and animal models.  Despite the importance of bacteria to the wellbeing of both humans and animals, how the microbiota influences health and disease is still not well understood.  To better understand how specific microorganisms interact with the host, we are using a using a unique gnotobiotic mouse community, the Altered Schaedler Flora (ASF), which is comprised of animals colonized with only 8 known bacterial species.  Despite the low complexity of the microbiota, ASF mouse exhibit normal immune system development and growth. Use of this resource includes monitoring the changes in relative number, spatial distribution and gene expression in response to alterations in diet and following infection with bacterial pathogens. Rotation student projects include mining the ASF genomes to better predict gene function of the ASF bacteria and assessing the predicted metabolic capabilities of the ASF community, including integration of RNA-seq data. In addition, we are using the ASF model to identify adaptive mutations within the GI microbiota that may reveal how bacteria adapt to adverse environments. For this, bacterial genomes are resequenced and analyzed to identify specific genes that have undergone genetic selection and to predict the selective advantages gained by specific mutations. The ASF model also offers the potential to study new results that indicate that the composition of the GI microbiota can influence animal behavior. The overall impact of these studies will lead to a better understanding of how the GI microbiota influences human and animal health and disease."

Ravi Singh Biomedical Sciences

Has rotations available Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.  Please contact him to discuss the possibility of a rotation. His site is here. He will present at the August 18 event at 11:15 a.m. in 1420 Molecular Biology. Research Topic: Mechanism of splicing regulation and RNA-protein interactions in genetic diseases. Drug discovery and oligonucleotide based therapy of genetic diseases. More information can be found on his website.

Jonathan Smith Mathematics

May have rotation opportunities for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Contact him.

Guang Song Computer Science 

May have rotation opportunities for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.  Please contact him to discuss the possibility of a rotation. His research is described here.

Christopher Tuggle Animal Science 

Please contact him to discuss the possibility of a rotation for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. He will present at the August 18th event.

Nicole Valenzuela Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

Please contact her to discuss the possibility of rotations for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018.  She will present at the August 18th Multi-Program event at 10:30 in 1424 MBB, and she will present at the BCB 691 Faculty Seminar on August 23 at 4:10 in 1424 MBB.

Erik Vollbrecht  Genetics, Development and Cell Biology

Please contact him to discuss the possibility of a rotation for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018.  His BCB student is Gokul Wimalanathan.

Justin Walley Plant Pathology and Microbiology

Please contact him to discuss the possibility of a rotation for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018.

Lizhi Wang Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Please contact him to discuss the possibility of a rotation for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. The research opportunity for the student to participate is on genomic selection. We are designing a new genomic selection approach using reinforcement learning. The student can contribute on data collection, model validation, and algorithm design. He will present at the August 23rd Faculty Seminar at 4:10 p.m. in 1424 MBB.

Zhijun Wu Mathematics

May have rotation opportunities for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.   He will present two posters at the August 18 event: Evolution of social cooperation of microorganisms, and Equilibrium distributions of populations of biological species on networks of social sites.  Contact him.