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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 2019 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:  In vivo analysis of a cell wall sensor on plant vascular development
Discipline:  Biology
Mentor:  Elliot Meyerowitz, Professor of Biology, (BBE),
AO Contact:  Hanako Yashiro,
Background:  The ability of plants to efficiently absorb and circulate nutrients across the whole organism is critical for their survival and production of biomass. While vascular structure and function are widely studied in roots and stems, little is known about how they connect to and maintain the stem cell population at the shoot apex (shoot apical meristem, SAM), responsible for producing aerial tissues.

THESEUS1 (THE1) encodes a putative receptor-like kinase that “distinguishes” various components of the cell wall matrix to regulate cell expansion and cell division in Arabidopsis. In particular, the predicted cytoplasmic domain of THE1 protein is required for timely progression of mitosis in SAMs. Because of its expression in both SAMs and root vasculature, it is unclear if the effect of THE1 on SAM cell division is due to its function in roots, SAMs, or both. The goal of the summer project is to characterize the effects of THE1 mutants on Arabidopsis root vascular morphology and function.
Description:  This is a developmental and cell biology project that interrogates the impact of subcellular molecular interactions on organismal growth. The student will primarily learn techniques in microscopy and innovating methods suited for specific experiments. If time allows, the student will learn molecular biology techniques such as PCR and cloning.
Student Requirements:  Completion of a cell biology course is recommended. Other skills include attention to detail, effective communication, and enthusiasm.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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