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Biology, Chemisty Student for Research Internship - Protein folding in vivo and in vitro (m/f)

We are looking for highly motivated students with majors in molecular biology/genetics/biotechnology/biochemistry/biophysics that are interested in understanding how proteins fold in vivo
Internships in our lab are paid and take 3-12 months. The student can pick the starting date.

Our lab studies protein folding both in the test tube and in the cell. We aim to understand protein folding well enough to be able to manipulate it. We ask organisms themselves to solve protein folding problems. By examining their solutions we can better understand folding in the cell. We have developed folding biosensors that link protein stability to antibiotic resistance. They enable us to optimize folding in vivo (1) and discover new molecular chaperones (2). Protein folding in the cell is intimately tied to the action of folding catalysts and chaperones. We study the action of these folding helpers both in vivo and in vitro using a wide range of genetic, biochemical, biophysical and structural techniques (2,3).

We have a lot of experience working with German graduate, master and diploma students and can help with the paperwork. Our lab is located at the University of Michigan, one of top five public schools in the country, which provides an excellent research environment.

1. Foit L et al (2009) Optimizing protein stability in vivo. Mol Cell 36: 861-871.
2. Quan et.al. (2011) Genetic selection designed to stabilize proteins uncovers a 
chaperone called Spy. Nature Struct. Mol. Biol.18(3):262-9
3. Foit L et al. (2011) Chaperone activation by unfolding. PNAS 110(14):E1254-62.

Contact detail

How to apply:
Please email CV, current transcript/list of classes taken and contact information for at least two references to James Bardwell (jbardwel@umich.edu).
Send application to
Dr. James C. A. Bardwell
University of Michigan
Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Natural Science Building, Room 4007A
830 N. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: +1-734-764-8028
Email: jbardwel@umich.edu

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
Internship & Working student
Work experience
job experience is not required
United States
Working place
48109 Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry