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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 2017 can be found here.

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

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.

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Project:  Dynamic RNA Nanotechnology for Therapeutic Applications
Disciplines:  Biochemistry, Chemistry
Mentor:  William Goddard, Professor Chem. Mat. Sci., and Appl. Phys., (CCE),, Phone: x3093
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  The Goddard lab is developing programmable molecular switches that can sense and respond to disease indicating biochemical signals in mammalian cells. These switches have applications as next generation therapeutics for currently intractable disease conditions.
Description:  We are looking for a summer student to help with development and testing of molecular switch based therapeutics. The student will work with our group in rational design of molecular switches and collaborate with Prof. John Rossi‚Äôs lab at City of Hope in experimental testing of switches on diseases models.

Student Requirements:  Prior experience or training in molecular biology and DNA/RNA nanotechnology
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       Amgen Scholars    Non-Caltech students only  
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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