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Amgen Scholars: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty for the Amgen Scholars program.

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. For additional tips on identifying a mentor click here.

Please remember:

  • Students pursuing Amgen must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or students with DACA status.
  • Students pursuing Amgen must complete the 10-week program from June 21 - August 25, 2023. Students must commit to these dates. No exceptions will be made.
  • Accepted students must live in provided Caltech housing.

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Project:  Liquid biopsy cell-free DNA detection of residual disease after cancer treatment
Disciplines:  Biology, Computer Science
Mentor:  Aadel Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor, (BBE), aadel@wustl.edu, Phone: 703-851-2438
Mentor URL:  https://chaudhurilab.wustl.edu  (opens in new window)
Background:  NOTE: This project is being offered by a Caltech alum and is open only to Caltech students. The project will take place at Washington University in St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri.

Liquid biopsies are revolutionizing cancer detection, diagnostics and management. Among the most exciting arenas is cell-free DNA, free-floating DNA in blood plasma which serves as a powerful oncogenomic analyte for cancer detection and analysis.

Description:  Student will either perform wet lab analysis, processing and sequencing of cell-free DNA or dry lab genomic analysis of cell-free DNA data.
References:  https://chaudhurilab.wustl.edu/publications/
Student Requirements:  Basic biology and/or computational skills
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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