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Inflammation and Stem Cells

What is the ambitious goal of this project?

No effective treatments for Parkinson’s disease, ataxia or muscular dystrophy exist. 99% of that research has focused on 4 proteins. We’re trying something new.

Experience Gained

  • Graduate students work closely with experienced undergraduates to accomplish complex tasks (e.g., western blotting, mouse genotyping PCR).
  • Experienced undergraduates work with less experienced undergraduates to train and accomplish tasks requiring a lower level of complexity (e.g., cell culture).
  • Everyone meets at least once per week to share and discuss results.
  • Methodologies used in this project: laboratory testing, qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods

Majors or Interests Needed

  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomolecular PhD Program
  • Students entering this VIP at the lowest level are expected to have passed BIOL 191 and BIOL 192.
  • Higher levels within this VIP can only be obtained by direct experience within the Morrison lab.

VIP Coach Information

Dr. Brad Morrison is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and operates the Morrison Lab.

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Course Information

VIP  200, VIP 400 or VIP 500
Full semester course. Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits.

Interested in joining this team?

For more information and to request a permission number to register contact Dr. Morrison at OR complete this interest form and someone will contact you. Check out this page for tips on contacting a professor.

To register search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, read the project description to find the right section of VIP 200, 400, or 500.

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