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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.

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. Click here for more tips on finding a mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

New for 2021: Students applying for JPL projects should complete a SURF@JPL application instead of a "regular" SURF application.

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

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Project:  Analysis of Cell-Free DNA
Disciplines:  Multidisciplinary, any discipline
Mentor:  Aadel Chaudhuri, Asst. Prof. of Radiation Oncology, Genetics, CS, (BBE), aadel@wustl.edu, Phone: 703-851-2438
Mentor URL:  https://chaudhurilab.wustl.edu/  (opens in new window)
AO Contact:  Jennifer Boemer, boemerj@wustl.edu
Background:  NOTE: This project is being offered by a Caltech alum and will be conducted at Washington University of St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri. Only Caltech students are eligible for this project.

Cell-free DNA is a liquid biopsy method for analyzing cancer (circulating tumor DNA).
Description:  We are performing ultra-sensitive cell-fee DNA analysis to detect cancer early and detect minimal residual disease after treatment. The student will perform bioinformatics data analysis and coding.
References:  https://chaudhurilab.wustl.edu/
Student Requirements:  Basic biology and computer science are recommended but not necessary.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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