Student Opportunities

Research and Internships

  • Research Position

    Posted: January 29, 2020

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    The Lieber Institute for Brain Development is looking for a BME/CompSci/NeuroSci undergrad that has interest in computational neuroscience and/or bio stats for a research experience. The lab has several large datasets that would be perfect for an undergrad with some computation background to work with and this could ultimately lead to publication.

    Suggested coursework – R and Python background, Probability/Statistics, Intro to Genomics, Intro to Computational Medicine, and an interest in genomics, data analysis, bioinformatics.

    The main focus of research would primarily be analysis of RNA sequencing data derived from animal and cell models of psychiatric disorders. With the goal of finding molecular mechanisms and pathways dysregulated in these disorders.

    Contact: Brady Maher bradymaher@hotmail.com

    Brady J. Maher Ph.D.
    Lead Investigator
    Lieber Institute for Brain Development
    Associate Professor
    Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Associate Professor
    Dept. of Neuroscience
    Johns Hopkins Medical Campus
    Baltimore MD 21205

  • Internship with Center for Neurodevelopmental and Imaging Research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute

    Posted: January 22, 2020

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    Description: We are looking for motivated and detail-oriented students interested in investigating the neurological basis of neurodevelopmental disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We are currently recruiting student interns for a project within our Center for the Spring 2020 semester.

    Project Description: Examination of cerebellar structure and associations with motor and cognitive deficits observed in children with ADHD and ASD using anatomical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (aMRI).

    1. Students will train in the application of data processing pipelines used to examine cerebellar structure using high-resolution MRI acquisitions and will employ a variety of widely recognized neuroimaging software packages along those developed in-house.
    2. Students will read and discuss pertinent scientific literature specifically, studies examining brain- behavior relationships in children with ADHD and ASD.
    3. Students will learn about the application of statistical approaches for addressing our research hypotheses with the potential to develop and examine their own research questions and hypothesis.

    The internship starts in the Spring 2020 semester. Students should be able to contribute a minimum of 10 hours per week to the lab and can be completed either for academic credit or on a volunteer basis.

    If interested please send your resume and an email summarizing your interest in this opportunity to Micah Plotkin at PlotkinMic@kennedykrieger.org.

    Center Location:
    Center for Neurodevelopmental and Imaging Research
    Kennedy Krieger Institute
    716 N Broadway, 3rd Floor
    Baltimore, MD 21205

  • Gap Year Position Available with UMD Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

    Posted: January 10, 2020

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    Dr. Osamah Saeedi at the University of Maryland Department of Ophthalmology is looking to hire two full-time clinical research coordinators for the 2020-2021 year. This position has a flexible starting date of early June 2020 and is for current graduates or graduating seniors. Previous clinical research coordinators have gone on to medical school at JHU School of Medicine, UCSF, and the University of Maryland. The position involves patient recruitment, interfacing with the IRB, carrying out study procedures, coordinating patient visits, and the possibility to publish/present research. Ideal applicants are very organized and have experience with research, teamwork, and patient interaction. All interested applicants are invited to complete the application below. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but priority will be given to those received by January 25th. If you have any questions, please contact eyeresearch@som.umaryland.edu.

    Application link:

  • HOUR Programs Research Opportunities

    Posted: January 6, 2020

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    The following HOUR programs are open and accepting applications or registration.

    Accepting applications through 2/1/20 from registered Hopkins undergraduates interested in participating in our summer programs:

    • Summer PURA – Submit your proposal for a research project with a Hopkins mentor. Selected students receive $4000 for 10 weeks of full time work on their project over the upcoming summer. This program is open to projects in students majors as well as passion projects.
    • BDP Summer Undergraduate Research Program – Apply now to work with one of the elite faculty at Johns Hopkins, our Bloomberg Distinguished Professors. The faculty provide the project and mentorship, you provide the enthusiasm. Experience not required in most cases. Selected students receive $4000 for 10 weeks of full time work over the upcoming summer.
    • CIRCUIT – Apply now to join this amazing program that offers incredible opportunities in a variety of areas as well as skill building, team work, and professional development all at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, MD. Selected students receive $9000 for the 12 week program over the summer and more.
  • Undergraduate Student Research Opportunity

    Posted: October 30, 2019

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    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of life-long disabilities. Our research focused on perturbations in brain energy and metabolism following the injury. Specifically, our lab investigates changes in brain energy in metabolism following traumatic brain injury in developing and adult brain. While glucose is primary substrate for brain energy and metabolism, following TBI glucose metabolism is dysregulated.

    Our lab uses the animal models of controlled cortical impact (focal TBI) and diffuse TBI (concussion) to delineate brain and systemic metabolic adaptations in acute period after TBI. Since brain is a lipid rich organ and fully capable to synthetize lipids and metabolize fatty acids, our current studies aim to delineate the contribution of fatty acid metabolism following TBI. To determine the extent and duration of this contribution, we use an array of techniques (bright and fluorescent microscopy, behavioral analyses, molecular biology and biochemistry) as well as transgenic mice. We usually have several opportunities for Undergraduate students. Students receive real hands-on bench work experience and participate in real research since we do not have “practice projects”.

    We usually train students to process brain tissue and perform immunohistochemistry, image analyses, assist with rodent behavior studies. Students will learn about the biochemical underpinnings of brain energy and metabolism, the specifics of metabolism in neurons, astrocytes and other glial cells and how these processes change after the injury. Our team has 2 post-doctoral fellows and 2 research technologists (both graduated from JHU). Our lab is located in East Baltimore Medical School Campus, Ross building 11 Fl Rm 1164.

    If someone interested, please, contact Susanna Scafidi sscafid2@jhmi.edu

  • Research Position

    Posted: October 16, 2019

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    Ultra Low vision lab is looking for a BME or Neuroscience undergraduate student who is interested in getting research experience. The position is available for ULV-toolkit project. In this study we are developing a standardized method to quantify visual function of individuals with low vision. The toolkit includes a combination of questionnaire and performance measures in virtual reality. The undergrad student will be helping us with recruiting subjects and collecting data. Part of the job can be done remotely; another part may include travel to perform tests outside Baltimore; hours are flexible. Your participation may be used for research credit for your undergraduate study.

    If you are interested please contact the lab PI, Dr. Gislin Dagnelie at: gdagnelie@jhmi.edu

    We are locating at Woods 355 in the Wilmer Eye Institute at JHH. Please feel free to look at our lab website for more information: https://www.ultralowvisionlabjhu.net/

  • Research Credit Opportunity

    Posted: August 26, 2019

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    We are looking for 2 – 3 undergraduate students majoring in Neuroscience for research positions in the Center for Imaging Science at Johns Hopkins University to work on a project in collaboration between the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Janelia Farm Research Institute of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Students will contribute to:

    • development and implementation of optical imaging systems
    • application of whole-brain light sheet microscopy for reconstructions of neuronal circuits
    • discovering the principles guiding morpho-molecular neural cell types, the first goal of the BRAIN Initiative
    ~ Instrumentation is part of the Multiphoton Imaging Core in the Department of Neuroscience.

    A strong background in basic laboratory techniques and direct experience in performing light microscopy will help. Students will receive research credits for their work. Applications should be addressed to Eileen Xu (exu1@jhu.edu).

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