The Center for Life in Extreme Environments combines the work of over 80 researchers including faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, research associates, and postdoctoral researchers, along with state-of-the-art methods, to see just how far life can go. The Mentor’s lab focuses on viruses of extremophiles, particularly those that exist in high temperature and low pH environments.
The intern will collaborate with graduate students to support ongoing research on the structure of one of these virus: SSV1 or a novel hybrid virus. The structure of SSV1 is unique and may serve as a platform for nanotechnology, medical imaging and drug delivery. The intern will help with DNA cloning, sequencing, protein purification, microbiology and virology. The student will also help with general duties within a molecular biology research laboratory. There is a possibility that this student will also be able to perform electron microscopy of viruses or work on parasite egg preservation.
For more information, visit http://extremeviruses.org , or visit the lab on Facebook (ken.s.lab) or follow the mentor on Twitter @XtremeVirusProf. In addition to the main position disciplines (Biology), students may also gain experience in virology. Intern can expect to travel to Lassen Volcanic National Park for field work with the mentor and his team.