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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 18 - August 23, 2024. Students must commit to these dates. No exceptions will be made.
  • Accepted students must live in provided Caltech housing.

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Project:  Membrane Protein Biogenesis
Disciplines:  Biology, Biochemistry
Mentor:  Rebecca Voorhees, Dr., (BBE),, Phone: 6263951287
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  The goal of this lab is to understand the molecular mechanisms of membrane protein biogenesis and quality control. Interactions in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the mitochondria are a particular focus for the group.
Description:  We use a combination of structural and functional techniques to isolate specific proteins and characterize their function within the cell. Broadly, students will aid the lab in reconstituting cell pathways and protein interactions in vitro, as well as structural analysis of the proteins using imaging equipment. Students can anticipate learning a variety of molecular biology techniques such as PCR, DNA cloning and gel electrophoresis.
References:  WNK1 is an assembly factor for the human ER membrane protein complex
Student Requirements:  N/A
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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