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Current Research Opportunities Available to Undergraduate Students

Some Research Opportunities for Undergraduates in Biology and Wildlife 

Molecular physiology and biochemistry - opportunities to investigate metabolism, protein expression, and gene expression in fish in response to changes in temperature. Please contact Dr. Kristin O'Brien (

Cell Biology - opportunities to work on one of the projects listed below. Funding may be available. Contact Andrej Podlutsky,

  • Hibernation and DNA repair
  • DNA in virally-infected cells
  • DNA repair in cancer cell lines
  • Gene-specific DNA repair
Environmental microbiology - opportunities to study the biodegradation of petroleum and other contaminants in marine and terrestrial environments. Involves lab research (e.g.nculturing, incubations, DNA sequencing, analytical chemistry) with opportunities for occasional field work. Contact Mary Beth Leigh,
Museum Entomology - opportunities to work (10-20h/wk) or volunteer (1-2h/wk) as a lab technician preparing, sorting, identifying, and curating insect specimens for various projects. Contact Derek Sikes,

Plant taxonomy - Contribute to the development of the new Flora of Alaska. Help with taxonomic detective work, data curation, and gain skills in biodiversity informatics. Contact Steffi Ickert-Bond,

Landscape ecology - Mapping and digital analysis of sensitive animal populations - Contact Falk Huettmann

Field ecology - opportunities available to study insect-plant interactions in the Fairbanks area, primarily in summer. Contact Diane Wagner,


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