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Student Researchers Needed for Lab

Two highly motivated undergraduate students are being sought for summer 2018, with the potential to extend to following semesters. Dr. Teiya Kijimoto’s lab studies the following:

  • The developmental, genetic and physiological underpinnings of insect development
  • The developmental and genetic underpinnings of insect development in the context of symbiosis

  • The genetic, neuronal, and developmental underpinnings of insect acoustic communication

All studies involve genetic techniques including isolation of genes from insects by using PCR, examining the function of genes by RNA interference (RNAi)-mediated gene knock down, morphological assessment of gene knock down. Some specific projects may involve pharmacological and physiological manipulation, metabolomic approaches, as well as histological analyses on insects. As we study non-model insects, students are expected to be involved in insect collection, handling, and care.

This research can be undertaken on a volunteer basis, for summer course credit (e.g., Honors 497 credit or 497 credit within student’s major), or as part of a WVU capstone project. This summer’s research experience is expected to lead to continued involvement in research into the 2018-2019 academic year via the previously mentioned coursework or via a WVU research program (e.g., RAP or SURE).

Requirements: No GPA cutoff, but a strong work ethic and some experience in the genetics lab techniques are preferred. Biology and Biochemistry majors are especially encouraged to consider this opportunity.

Interested in the lab? Please contact Teiya Kijimoto ( ) to schedule a meeting.