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Research Intern Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology Until filled

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, biomedical sciences, or related field.

Job Duties:The Liang Lab is looking for a Research Intern to advance research in areas of inflammation and autoimmunity. Our lab is interested in understanding the molecular basis of autoimmune diseases, with the ultimate goal of finding cures for these debilitating diseases. To achieve this goal, we use a combination of technologies including cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, -omics, and animal models, and we work in close collaboration with UW clinics for translational studies. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a strong desire to advance scientific projects to join our team. To apply, please submit a cover letter describing any prior research experience and research interests, a CV and contact information for references to liang95@wisc.edu.

Begin Date: ASAP
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Depending on qualifications

Contact
Dr. Yun Liang
liang95@wisc.edu

Research Intern Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Jan 24 2022

Requirements: A B.S. or M.S. Degree in Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology, or other relevant field. Prior research experience is highly desired, but not required to apply. The ideal candidate will communicate well in a team environment, have great attention to detail, be well organized, and be willing to work with undergraduates in the lab.

Job Duties: Jessica Lang's lab in the Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine and Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the School of Medicine and Public Health studies the genetics and epigenetics of ovarian cancer. A research intern is sought to help conduct research projects in the lab. Job duties include mammalian cell culture, next generation sequencing preparations, and various cell and molecular biology techniques (eg. western blots, PCR, cloning, growth assays, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing and interference). Information on our research can be found on our webpage.

Begin Date: As soon as possible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $30,952 (minimum) salary based on experience

Contact
Jessica Lang
jessica.lang@wisc.edu

Research Intern Comparative Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Mar 1 2022

Requirements: Minimum of Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field required. Candidates with advanced degrees will also be considered. At least one year of laboratory research experience working with basic molecular techniques, and/or experience handing laboratory mice is preferred (undergraduate research applicable).

Job Duties: The Jorgensen lab studies ovary and testis differentiation with a focus on the fetal basis of adult diseases such as loss of the ovarian reserve and premature ovarian insufficiency in females and variations in sex differentiation and testis dysgenesis syndrome in males. The successful candidate will take part in mouse developmental research that will include downstream morphological, histological, and molecular analyses. Examples include RNA and protein work and spatiotemporal expression profiling.

Begin Date: asap
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: based on experience

Contact
Joan S Jorgensen
joan.jorgensen@wisc.edu

Research Intern Human Oncology Feb 28 2022

Requirements: Bachelor's (Required)

Job Duties: The individual will serve as a research laboratory assistant in the Tibbetts laboratory. Duties include: (i) Assisting Dr. Tibbetts and Dr. Sang Hwa Kim with cell culture, biochemical, and microscopy studies of the RIF1 DNA repair protein; (ii) Investigate a novel mouse knockin model for understanding RIF1 function in vivo; (iii) Assist Dr. Kim with culture and maintenance of iPS cells stocks as needed (iv) participate in behavioral and gene expression studies involving CREB gene-edited mice as needed; (v) Supervise undergraduate lab maintenance tasks and assist with other experiments as needed.

Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $32,000

Contact
Sang Hwa Kim
shkim9@wisc.edu

Research Intern Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine Until filled

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics or related field, Proficiency with molecular biology techniques and mammalian cell culture is a plus. Preference will be given to candidates available for at least a 2-year commitment.

Job Duties: The Hess lab is seeking a motivated, detail-oriented, and responsible person excited about science and technology. The Hess lab uses high-throughput genomic technologies (e.g., CRISPR) to study mammalian biology and develop new tools for perturbing the genome. We apply these functional genomics tools to investigate modes of drug action, DNA repair, and bacterial pathogens. The intern's duties include but are not limited to mammalian cell culture, DNA/RNA purification, PCR, molecular cloning, and preparation of next-generation sequencing libraries. The intern will also be responsible for lab organization and maintenance, along with participation in regular lab meetings/journal clubs. The position is an excellent opportunity to develop research skills and make significant contributions to projects in the lab. To apply, please submit a cover letter describing any prior research experience and career goals, a current CV/resume, and contact information for 2-3 references to ghess3@wisc.edu.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $30,952 (minimum) based on experience

Contact
Cody Roekle
croekle@wisc.edu

Research Intern Integrative Biology Until filled

Requirements: B.S. in Biological Sciences, excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Job Duties: The Grinblat lab studies genetic control of craniofacial development and genetic predisposition to fetal alcohol syndrome using Danio rerio (zebrafish). We use a range of methods that include CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenesis, fluorescent microscopy, and molecular biology techniques such as DNA cloning, gel electrophoresis, PCR and in situ hybridization. Previous experience with these techniques is helpful but not required. The successful candidate for this position will have the opportunity to contribute to our research mission at all levels: planning and executing experiments, analysis of experimental data, and group meeting presentations. More information about our science can found here: grinblat.neuro.wisc.edu. Application materials should be sent to ygrinblat@wisc.edu.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Based on experience

Contact
Yevgenya Grinblat
ygrinblat@wisc.edu

Research Intern Waisman Center - Gamm Lab Jan 31 2022

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in biology or a related field. One year of research experience in a laboratory setting is highly preferred; relevant undergraduate research experience will be considered. Experience with rodent handling and histology preferred.

Job Duties: The Gamm Lab studies inherited and acquired eye diseases that culminate in the degeneration of photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium, a significant cause of visual morbidity. The goals of the Lab are to use human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) to investigate the cellular and molecular events that occur during retinogenesis, to model retinal degenerative diseases, and to provide cells for use in rescue or replacement therapies. This is an opportunity for individuals to pursue additional training and experience prior to pursuing a graduate or advanced degree. The individual will evaluate transplanted human pluripotent stem cell-derived photoreceptors in animal models. The individual will have the opportunity to gain further training, knowledge and experience in animal colony maintenance, visual function testing, and histological techniques such as sectioning, immunohistochemistry, and microscopy to investigate the functional outcomes of photoreceptor transplantation in rats.

Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $35,568

Contact
Kailee Gawlik
kgawlik@wisc.edu

Research Intern Medical Microbiology and Immunology Until filled

Requirements: BA in engineering or biology.

Job Duties: Perform scholarly research on cell migration and inflammmation research. Our research is at the interface of cell biology and immunology and is centered on understanding on inflammation and its resolution. We seek to dissect how external cues and cell signaling networks regulate cell migration during tissue damage and repair and how this is altered in human disease. We focus on live imaging to visualize and manipulate leukocyte motility in zebrafish and human cells in vitro, and using these tools have uncovered new mechanisms that regulate resolution of innate immune inflammation. huttenlocher.labs.wisc.edu

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Flexible

Contact
Anna Huttenlocher
huttenlocher@wisc.edu

Research Intern Medical Microbiology and Immunology Until filled

Requirements: Minimum of Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field required. Candidates with advanced degrees will also be considered. At least one year of laboratory research experience working with basic molecular techniques and/or experience zebrafish or cell culture.

Job Duties: The Huttenlocher laboratory examines innate immunity and inflammation in wound healing, infection and cancer. We are seeking a motivated research intern who will contribute to our highly collaborative research group. The intern will gain experience in immunology, molecular techniques, live cell imaging and zebrafish research. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter describing prior research experience and research interests, CV, and the contact information for two references to huttenlocher@wisc.edu.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: based upon experience

Contact
Anna Huttenlocher
huttenlocher@wisc.edu

Research Intern Department of Comparative Biosciences Until filled

Requirements: Minimum of Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field required. Candidates with advanced degrees will also be considered. At least one year of laboratory research experience working with basic molecular techniques, cell culture, and/or experience handing laboratory mice or rats is preferred.

Job Duties: The Arendt laboratory (vetmed.wisc.edu/lab/arendt) examines how obesity leads to increased breast cancer risk and the development of aggressive, treatment-resistant breast tumors. We are seeking a motivated research intern who will contribute to our collaborative research group. This is an opportunity for individuals to pursue additional training and experience prior to pursuing a graduate or advanced degree. The successful candidate will gain experience in mouse and rat models of breast cancer, molecular techniques such as real time quantitative PCR and Western blotting, cell culture and cell differentiation assays, immunohistochemistry/immunofluorescence and microscopy. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter describing prior research experience and research interests, CV, and the contact information for two references to lmarendt@wisc.edu.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Depending upon experience

Contact
Lisa Arendt
lmarendt@wisc.edu

Research Intern Food Science Until filled

Requirements: Minimum of Bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Immunology, or related field required. Candidates with advanced degrees will also be considered. Minimum 1-year experience in a research lab with a strong background in molecular biology, microbiology, and/or biochemistry is required. Prior experience with bacterial genetics and protein chemistry is highly desirable. Must be highly motivated with excellent time management skills; ability to organize and maintain accurate records; experience using EXCEL; strong attention to detail; and the ability to work in a team environment and laboratory setting.

Job Duties: The Huynh lab studies bacterial pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance mechanisms. For more information, please visit the lab website. The successful candidate will lead a project identifying mechanisms for cell wall integrity and antibiotic resistance in Gram-positive bacteria. The position also involves occasional support work to other projects in the lab and some light lab management duties such as tracking inventory and ordering supplies. Our work is multidisciplinary, and we have strong working relationships with many research groups on campus. This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn different techniques in bacterial physiology and protein chemistry. You will be an active lab member and have ample opportunities to present your work at different scientific focus groups on campus. The successful candidate should be scientifically curious, enthusiastic and eager to learn, and highly detail-oriented. You should be flexible to do some light work on the weekends or after hours if experiments require. Primary functions include: - Perform molecular biology techniques: cloning, bacterial genetics, and phenotypic characterization, qRT-PCR, Western blotting, mammalian cell culture, protein expression, and purification, enzyme assays - Organize and record data - Participate in lab management, including preparing stock solutions, lab inventory, receiving packages, lab safety documentation - Assist laboratory members with experiments - Participate in lab and focus group meetings

Begin Date: August 2021
Percent Time: 50-100% FTE
Salary: Negotiable; based on experience

Contact
Tu-Anh Huynh
thuynh6@wisc.edu

Research Intern Surgery Until filled

Requirements: BA or BS required, preferable in biology, or related field. At least one year of laboratory research experience working with basic molecular techniques and/or experience handling laboratory animals - specifically mice.

Job Duties: This research position in Dr. Josh Mezrich's Lab within the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine and Public Health will involve projects studying the effects of environmental signals on immune responses in mice. This includes effects of inhaled pollution, diet, microbiome products on autoimmunity in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis (environmental autoimmune encephalomyelitis).


Contact
Joshua Mezrich, MD
mezrich@surgery.wisc.edu

Research Intern Comparative Biosciences Until filled

Requirements: This is a full time position for a research intern with a minimum 1 year commitment in the laboratory of Dr. Kimberly Keil Stietz of the UW–Madison Department of Comparative Biosciences. The Keil Stietz lab's research is dedicated to understanding effects of developmental exposure to environmental contaminants, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), on the function of the lower urinary tract. Following training the successful candidate will be responsible for conducting animal experiments, tissue dissection and imaging, and molecular analyses, including PCR, IHC and electrophoresis. The successful candidate will also engage with Dr. Keil Stietz and her research team in planning experiments, analyzing and interpreting data, and preparation of research manuscripts. The job will require about 40 hours per week including occasional night or weekend work. Preference will be given to motivated applicants who are eager to intellectually engage and take ownership of their work.

Job Duties: 1. Mouse colony husbandry and maintenance. 2. Conducting mouse exposure trials. 3. Mouse tissue dissection and imaging. 4. Cellular and molecular assays like in situ hybridization, real time PCR, and DNA electrophoresis. 5. Conducting literature searches and coordinating with research collaborators. Application process: Interested applicants should provide a current resume/C.V. that includes date available to begin work, relevant course work and grades earned, cumulative grade point average, laboratory research experience, and the contact information for three references. In addition, applicants should include a cover letter describing past research experience and detail specific scientific methods performed and mastered. A bachelor's degree in biology or a related area is required, and it is preferred that applicants have at least 1 year of bench-based research experience whether it be via part-time student employment or internships. Applicants with previous mouse handling experience are especially sought. The applicant must be well organized and intellectually curious. Please send completed materials to kkeil@wisc.edu. More information about the Keil Stietz laboratory can be found at: www.vetmed.wisc.edu/lab/keilstietz/research

Begin Date: ASAP - Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Depending on Experience

Contact
Kimberly Keil Stietz
kkeil@wisc.edu