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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:  Molecular and Cellular Engineering for Non-Invasive Imaging and Control of Biological Function
Discipline:  Bioengineering
Mentor:  Mikhail Shapiro, Professor, (CCE), mikhail@caltech.edu, Phone: 6263958588
Mentor URL:  http://shapirolab.caltech.edu  (opens in new window)
Background:  We develop technologies to image and control the function of cells deep inside the body. These technologies take advantage of biomolecules with unusual physical properties allowing them to interact with sound waves and magnetic fields. We apply these tools to problems in synthetic biology, neuroscience, cancer, immunology and the mammalian microbiome.
Description:  Undergraduate researchers in our lab participate during the summer through the SURF program and during the academic year for academic credit, work-study or volunteering. Students collaborate with a PhD student or postdoctoral scholar mentor on projects related to the lab's overall research theme. As undergraduate researchers gain more experience, they assume greater independence in their projects.

Depending on the project, the techniques used may include:
- molecular cloning
- cell culture (bacterial and mammalian)
- biochemical assays
- ultrasound or optical imaging
- tissue histology
- in vivo experiments
- computational data analysis
- computational modeling (e.g. finite element method)
- bioinformatics
- 3D printing and device design
References:  For example research, please review the publications listed on https://shapirolab.caltech.edu/?page_id=23.
Student Requirements:  All Caltech majors welcome. Successful applicants typically have significant wet lab experience. Courses in fundamental physics, chemistry and biology, as well as computational methods, are helpful.
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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