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​​Part-time jobs, Co-op or volunteering for undergraduate students 

Volunteering, Co-op or a part-time job in a lab is a great way for undergraduate students to enhance their knowledge and to actively participate in a stimulating learning environment.
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Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology (BMI)

Below is a list of researchers from the department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology (BMI).

Alexandre Blais, PHD
Volunteering

Our laboratory studies how gene expression is controlled in muscle and in muscle stem cells. An aspect of particular importance is the role played by transcription factors and how they interact with the epigenetic machinery. There are multiple project continuously ongoing in the lab, employing methods such as functional genomics, protein biochemistry, and molecular biology. More information about our research can be found on our website.
Requirements:
CV, transcript, statement of interest*
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*In your statement of interest, please explain why you want to join the lab, and what is your motivation for joining our research team.


Substances addressing the opioid receptor system are widely used pharmaceuticals for treatment of chronic pain and addictive disorders. Given the difficulties associated with opioid therapy (overdose, tolerance, addiction, respiratory depression and constipation) there is a need for safer narcotic analgesics. The delta-opioid receptor (δ-OR), a member of the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) opioid family, is well described for its role in pain perception and management. Interestingly, in clinical models, it also showed great potential as anti-depressor and also for the treatment of symptoms associated with spasmodic movements in the Parkinson's disease. However, the clinical use of δ-OR agonists is limited due to the generation of potentially life-threatening side effects (e.g. epileptic-like seizures). Therapeutic targeting of GPCR function has been one of the most successful approaches for drug discovery supported by the fact that nearly 50 % of prescribed therapeutics target GPCRs.

Most recently, Dr. Giguère made the discovery that the presence of a sodium ion in a conserved cavity within the δ-OR selectively modulates arrestin recruitment at the receptor. Importantly, accumulating evidence suggests a prominent role of the arrestin-dependent signaling pathway in triggering most of the deleterious effects observed by targeting the opioid system.

Dr. Giguère's research program seeks to:
Use pharmacological, biochemical and structural approaches to develop a new level of understanding of opioid receptor molecular recognition, pharmacological and functional selectivity;
Drug screening and design of novel functionally selective allosteric modulators of the opioid receptors;
GPCR's enhanced tool box by the development of a novel synthetic biology platform and cell-based assay.
The ultimate objective of his research is to generate distinct therapeutics that will uniquely modify their pharmacology in a medically meaningful way increasing their therapeutic efficacy with reduced harmful side effects.
Requirements:
CV, transcript, cGPA at least 8
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Patrick Giguère, PHD
Volunteering


The overall aim of the research projects conducted in the Harper lab is to better understand the control of cellular energy transduction processes in health and disease.

In particular, Dr. Harper's laboratory investigates the metabolic significance and control of uncoupling proteins (UCPs). UCPs are a subfamily of the mitochondrial carrier protein family and are located in the mitochondrial inner membrane. They have been hypothesized to cause a mitochondrial proton leak, and thereby allow protons to return to the mitochondrial matrix, bypassing ATP synthase. Thus energy substrates are oxidized, and the energy is released (or "wasted") as heat, instead of being converted to ATP. The function of such seemingly wasteful processes is a major interest of the lab. The role of uncoupling proteins in protection from reactive oxygen species, and cell death, is an expanding research interest of the laboratory group, and has implications for an improved understanding of cell death and aging processes.

Dr. Harper's research group uses integrative approaches spanning from bioenergetic studies of isolated mitochondria, to transfected cell cultures, to transgenic mice, and to clinical investigations. Experimental techniques include: gene transfection, transgenics and knockouts, self-referencing microelectrode technologies, metabolic control analysis, oxygen and ion-selective electrodes, real-time PCR, Western blotting, and various forms of fluorescence microscopy.
Requirements:
CV,  transcript, Prior lab experience
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Mary-Ellen Harper, PHD
Volunteering

Lisheng Wang, PHD
Volunteering



Targeting breast cancer stem cells.
Requirements:
None
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Cellular & Molecular Medicine (CMM)

Below is a list of researchers and cross-appointed members of the department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine (CMM).

Stephen Gee, PHD
Volunteering, Co-op


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Cellular Signaling Mechanisms of Cancer Metastasis.
Requirements:
CV, transcript, cGPA at least 7.5, select aptitudes*
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*Students should be highly motivated, able to undertake self-directed learning, have good problem-solving skills, and able to get along well with others.


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Get hands-on experience with synthetic biology and advanced genetic engineering as a member of the uOttawa DIYBio/Genetically Engineered Machines team. Together with 4-5 other undergraduates working in the lab and 10-15 other team members, you will design and build your own genetically modified organism and possibly compete against other teams in the international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition. The following link is about the team taking a Gold Medal in 2015: http://www.telfer.uottawa.ca/en/latest-news/50-rising-stars/2360-igem-uottawa-wins-a-gold-medal-at-2015-giant-jamboree
Requirements:
CV, cGPA at least 9.4*
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Mads Kaern, PHD
Volunteering, Co-op, Part-time work, Work-Study

*The cGPA cutoff applies only to students looking for a full-time paid position.


 

Neural circuits and behaviour.
Requirements:
CV
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Woo Jae Kim, PHD
Volunteering, Part-time work

Jean-Marc Renaud, PHD
Co-op


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Regulation of membrane excitability during exercise, and fatigue in normal and diseased skeletal muscles.
Requirements:
CV, transcript, cGPA at least 7.0, some prior courses in physiology
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The discovery of adult neural stem cells residing in the mammalian brain holds great promise for treating devastating brain diseases like stroke. The main focus of the laboratory research is delineating molecular mechanisms that regulate proliferation and differentiation of neural stem cells (including both embryonic and adult neural stem cells), with the ultimate goal of defining ways to recruit the stem cells that are resident in the brains of children and adults, and to thereby potentially promote neural repair. We use stroke as a brain disease model to study whether molecular pathways that regulate the recruitment of neural stem cells under pathological conditions could be modulated and utilized to promote brain repair and stroke recovery. A variety of molecular, cellular, and behavioral techniques are used in the laboratory to elucidate novel molecular pathways that regulate neural stem cell behaviors, including transgenic mouse models, neurosphere culture, in utero electroporation and in vivo viral-mediated gene delivery approach. The ongoing project in the lab is defining upstream mediators and downstream effectors of the aPKC-CBP pathway in the regulation of adult neural stem cell behaviors under both physiological and pathological conditions.
Requirements:
CV, transcript, cGPA at least 8.0, prior lab experience
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Jing Wang, PHD
Volunteering

 Biology

Below is a list of researchersfrom the departement of Biology.

Looking for a professor?

There are currently no researchers listed with SciLink activeling looking for students in this category. 

However, feel free to consult the list of professors within the departement. You may email these professors individually and seek a placement in their laboratories.

Departement: http://science.uottawa.ca/en/about-the-faculty/professors
Requirements:
N/A
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 Chemistry & Biomolecular Sciences

Below is a list of researchers from the departement of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences.

R. Tom Baker, PHD
Summer Research


Research in the Bakergroup is focused on sustainability (base metal
tandem catalysis, green routes to fluorocarbons, conversion
of renewable feedstocks to chemicals and fuels). We introduce students to a wide variety of analytical techniques including those available within the CCRI, Canada's largest multidisciplinary cataysis centre.

Position availability depends on that of grad student mentors.
Requirements:
CV, transcript
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Paul M. Mayer, PHD
Volunteering


The research in my lab concerns the mechanisms, kinetics and energetics of gaseous ions. We use a variety of mass spectrometry tools to explore the reactions of ions, from small atmospheric species, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarobons of interest in interstellar and astrochemistry, to polymers, peptides and proteins. We combine experiment and theory (ab initio, density functional theory and molecular dynamics) to create complete pictures of ion chemistry.
Requirements:
CV, transcript
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 Earth & Environmental Sciences

Below is a list of researchers from the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Looking for a professor?

There are currently no researchers listed with SciLink activeling looking for students in this category. 

However, feel free to consult the list of professors within the departement. You may email these professors individually and seek a placement in their laboratories.

Departement: http://science.uottawa.ca/en/about-the-faculty/professors
Requirements:
N/A
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 Mathematics & Statistics

Below is a list of researchers from the department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Hadi Salmasian, PHD
Work-Study

​The focus of my research is on the following areas:
1) Lie algebras, Lie groups, and representation theory. 2) Supergeometry, and its relationship with category theory.
My mathematical research interests lie at the intersection of algebra, harmonic analysis, number theory, category theory, and mathematical physics.

I have several research projects suitable for undergraduate research. The information on some of these projects is available on my personal website.

Website:  http://mysite.science.uottawa.ca/hsalmasi/

Email:  hadi.salmasian@uottawa.ca
Requirements:
CV, transcript
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 Physics

Below is a list of researchers from the department of Physics.

Jean-Michel Ménard, PHD
Volunteering


Our research group uses ultrafast optical techniques such as time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy to improve the general understanding of quantum interactions in condensed matter. In other words, we rely on lasers and various other optical tools to study the physical origin of some of the most intriguing properties of materials such as superconductivity. Our labs are located in the Advanced Research Complex on the uOttawa campus and are among the most modern infrastructure for optics in Canada.
Requirements:
CV, transcript
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