Undergraduate Neurology Research Volunteer

Description: We are looking for two motivated undergraduate students to volunteer 2-3 times/week in a neuroscience research lab studying ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). We are looking for students who:

  • Have back-to-back days of availability for 3-4 hours/day (morning or afternoon is fine)
  • Have an understanding of some basic neuroscience (though we will teach you what you need to know for our lab)
  • Will be on time and regularly fulfill hours
  • Are organized and mature, have a willingness to help, will ask for assistance when needed, will listen to instruction, and will take good notes
  • Have ideally more than one semester availability (though this is by no means a deal-breaker)

Our lab works with animal and stem cell models of disease, and we are looking for a student to work within each of these spheres. (They will likely not overlap, so if there is a preference for one over the other, please let us know up front.) Tasks that will be performed could, but may not necessarily, include:

Stem Cell Position:

  • Excellent sterile technique
  • Coating and preparing flasks
  • Aliquotting reagents
  • Preparation of media
  • Freezing and thawing of cells
  • Immunostaining of cells (immunocytochemistry)
  • General lab upkeep

Animal Position:

  • Genotyping of mice using PCR
  • Immunohistochemistry, Western blotting, DNA, RNA, qPCR of spinal cord and brain tissue analysis
  • Some mouse cell culture work
  • General lab upkeep

Contact Information: Sarah Gross, Skraig1@jhmi.edu