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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2018 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Single Molecule Analysis of Protein Translocation Mechanisms
Disciplines:  Chemistry, Biology, or Physics
Mentor:  Siegfried Musser, Professor, (BBE),, Phone: 979-436-0863
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  NOTE: This project is being offered by a Caltech alumnus and will be conducted at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine in College Station, Texas.

The lab focuses on using single molecule fluorescence and particle tracking approaches to decipher the mechanism by which folded proteins are transported across membranes. The student’s project can focus on either the human nuclear pore complex or the bacterial Tat protein export system. The lab uses molecular biology and biochemical tools to construct, purify and fluorescently tag necessary reagents, and in vitro assays and fluorescence microscopy approaches for probing the systems under study.
Description:  see above
Student Requirements:  Multidisciplinary; a basic understanding of cell biology and biochemistry is essential; quantitative skills (math or MATLAB) are highly desirable.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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