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Wainford- Pharmacology/ Neuroscience

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Dr. Richard Wainford

Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Work-Study Funding, Potential for Academic Credit


Dr. Wainford is the director of the Laboratory of Cardio-Renal Research in the Department of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine. Dr. Wainford’s research interests focus on the central neural control of fluid and electrolyte homeostasis and blood pressure regulation. The laboratory utilizes an integrated physiological, pharmacological, molecular, and gene-targeting approach to investigate the anti-hypertensive role(s) of central G-alpha-subunit proteins in the endogenous GPCR-activated pathways that regulate central sympathetic outflow, fluid and electrolyte homeostasis, and systemic blood pressure regulation in salt-resistant and salt-sensitive animal models. The major goal of his research is identifying the underlying pathophysiology of and potential treatments for hypertension. Current studies concern the role of central G-alpha subunit protein gated pathways in mediating the neural control of  kidney function and systemic arterial blood pressure.

Terzi-Computer Science

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Evimaria Terzi

Options: Potential for UROP Funding

Advancements in mobile technology and computing have fostered the collection of a large number of civic datasets that capture the pulse of urban life. Furthermore, the open government and data initiative has led many local authorities to make these datasets publicly available, hoping to drive innovation that will further improve the quality of life for the city-dwellers. As part of the project the student will transfer algorithms for safe navigation, which have been previously-developed by Prof. Terzi’s research, in a mobile app, so that people in Boston can use it.


Knowledge of developing mobile apps is required. The student with work closely with a post-doc and a programmer during the summer.


Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Dr. Kimberly Howard

Options: Volunteer

Kimberly Howard’s research team is conducting a study to understand how children and adolescents from different cultures understand career development and attainment. Currently, we are interested in Koreans and Korean Americans. We are seeking research assistants to join our team. We are especially interested in students who are fluent in both English and Korean. Research assistants will receive interview and data collection training and experience. It will be a great opportunity for you and our team to learn more about Korean culture and how that impacts understanding career choice/attainment. If you are interested please send an email describing your interest in being involved in the project and a recent resume.

Palmer- Political Science

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Maxwell Palmer

Options: Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Work-Study Funding, Potential for Academic Credit


Professors Krimmel and Palmer (Department of Political Science) are seeking an undergraduate student to assist with a historical study of public opinion and political behavior. This opportunity will involve collecting public opinion surveys and analyzing survey data to understand trends in voting, union membership, and the political gender gap. Researchers will learn about data collection, preparation, and analysis, as well as statistical software. This is a part- or full-time summer position, and may include opportunities to work on other research projects based on student interests. Students majoring in political science, economics, math/statistics, or other quantitative fields preferred.

Bhatia- Computer Science/ Bioengineering/ Biology/ Mathematics

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Swapnil Bhatia

Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Academic Credit


I am interested in the role of computation in biology. Specifically, I am interested in ways of building computational circuits and programs in vivo for programming and controlling cellular behavior. A number of models exist for achieving this but mainly transcriptional circuits based on induction and repression have been explored for building boolean logic circuits. The goal of this UROP project would be to develop algorithms and software for designing complex genetic programs. Specifically, we will look at recombination and CRISPR/Cas technologies as the “hardware” around which our programs will be designed. No deep knowledge of biology or chemistry is required, but it would be a plus if you have some. You do, however, need basic knowledge of biology and chemistry, and an intermediate level knowledge of the primary concepts in computer science or engineering. I am interested in students from CS, EE, ECE, BME, and Mathematics. Please respond with a c.v. and a short (2/3 of a page) letter describing your strengths and why you are excited to work on this project.

Bestavros- Computer Science

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Azer Bestavros

Options: Potential for UROP Funding


This is an opportunity for a computer science undergraduate to work on data representations, interactive web APIs, and graph algorithms to support a framework of city metrics that can help residents, planners, and policy makers use data more effectively to make decisions. One example of a metric is the mobility index. A high mobility index score reflects a neighborhood with clean air and access to multiple, affordable, efficient, and safe transportation options that can convey residents to a multitude of high-paying job opportunities and are not vulnerable to catastrophic weather events. The framework should make it possible to map plain English descriptions of objective criteria to a combined set of concrete metric quantities or ranges. For example, there may be a score for clean air, a score for efficiency and/or cost of multiple forms of transportation (walking, biking, driving, buses, public, and so on), and a way to represent distance to important locations (jobs, schools, entertainment, and so on). Possible approaches to defining such a framework might be a “model” for neighborhoods and cities consisting of a graph where nodes represent points of interest (e.g., intersections) and edges representing “distances” between these nodes (along various metrics.) For example, one can attach a dollar figure to an edge (representing cost of transportation) and to a node (representing a job compensation amount at the nodes.) The framework should be exposed via a software API that allows users to update the definitions and to make queries for such metrics at different levels of aggregation, whether spatial (street address, neighborhood, city) or temporal (weekday, month, season.) Supporting such queries would require the implementation of various graph algorithms that support interesting queries on the data. For example, if we think about the graph as a “flow graph,” then we can use algorithms such as max-flow or min-cut to assign cores to subgraphs.

Lapets- Computer Science

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Andrei Lapets

Options: Potential for UROP Funding

Possible projects involving open source libraries include extending the capabilities of a cross-platform parser generator, extending a cross-platform programming language for defining abstract syntax tree transformations, and assembling visualizations for common abstract concepts in mathematics and computer science (such as sets, relations, maps, data structures, and so on) using frameworks such as Angular.js and d3.js. Possible projects involving the use of these tools include the assembly of an updated random problem generator and interactive proof/solution verifier for linear algebra, abstract algebra, and combinatorics problems, as well as the construction of small programming languages that demonstrate how the libraries and tools can be used to analyze programs along different metrics (such as analyzing the monetary cost of running a script that employs web service APIs.

Sabino- Neuroscience and Pharmacology

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Valentina Sabino

Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for Work-Study Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

Dr. Sabino and Dr. Cottone are co-directors of the Laboratory of Addictive Disorders and are currently exploring the role of different neurochemical systems in excessive food intake, alcohol drinking and stress-related behaviors using rodent models. Students will play a key role in projects by assisting in animal handling, training of animals in operant conditioning procedures, drug testing and immunohistochemistry on brain tissue. We are looking for students to help us with our projects for the Spring AND Summer semesters. Students should commit to at least 12-15 hours per week during the academic year and we require a minimum 2-semester commitment. Students can work in the lab as volunteers, apply for a work-study position or receive academic credit if the students’ department allows directed studies. Students are required to volunteer for a period of time before they begin as work-study or directed study. Students available over the weekend will receive priority. We look for motivated and reliable students.

If you are interested in applying for this position, email Dr. Sabino directly at and be sure to include your resume and your class schedule for the Spring and Summer semesters 2015.

Immunology/Ophthalmology – Masli

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Sharmila Masli

Options: Volunteer, Work Study, UROP, Academic Credit

Summer research opportunity is available in Masli lab in the Department of Ophthalmology and Immunology Training Program at the School of Medicine. We are looking for a student with a suitable academic background in biomedical sciences (biology, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology and chemistry, etc.) to join our ongoing research projects.

Highly motivated and outstanding student interested in pursuing scientific research career in the future will be given preference to begin on a volunteer basis. Based on laboratory skills and progress application for UROP funding will be encouraged for subsequent periods. During summer student will be expected to commit 32-40 hr/wk and 16-20 hr/wk during the rest of the academic year. Strong support and training towards career development will be available in the lab.

Ongoing Research:

Masli lab. studies molecular mechanisms underlying regulation of immune responses in the eye. This includes pathogenesis of autoimmune Sjögren’s syndrome that results in the inflammation of the ocular surface related tissues such as cornea, conjunctiva and tear secreting lacrimal glands. Previous research in the laboratory identified Thrombospondin (TSP) as a critical molecule involved in regulation of ocular immune responses. Currently different molecular and genetic mechanisms involving TSP related pathways that contribute to autoimmunity are being investigated. Both in vivo and in vitro studies are conducted. In vivo studies involve use of validated pre-clinical disease models in mice and in vitro studies include primary cultures of epithelial cells derived from the ocular surface and lacrimal gland. Experiments include molecular and cell biology techniques such as PCRs, immunohistochemistry, cell proliferation assays and immunologic assays using flow cytometric analys! is. Another line of investigation addresses analysis of genetic variants of TSP-1 in individuals with ocular pathologies.

Please send an updated CV with a description of your interests, career goals and any previous experience related to ongoing projects in the lab.

Budson- Cognitive Neuroscience/Alzheimer’s Disease

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Andrew Budson

Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding


We are currently recruiting for research assistants to help in several or our ongoing EEG and behavioral studies. In this role, the research assistant will primarily help with recruitment of subjects for various studies and will be responsible for helping administer standardized neuropsychological tests and computerized experimental tests. The research assistant will be asked to help actively recruit patients for various experiments from either VA Boston Healthcare System or the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. The research assistant will be asked to aid in the coding and scoring of data from standardized neuropsychological tests and computerized experimental tests. The research assistant will also be responsible for the maintenance and organization of relevant paperwork necessary to perform experiments . This includes maintaining research protocols for IRBs located at VA Boston or Boston University and relevant questionnaires for experiments. Finally, the research assistant will be require to help maintain  and organize experimental data from studies that he or she is assigned to help.