The mentor’s research team is studying the genetic susceptibility of genetically-defined mice to various effects of abused drugs. The research works to identify how environment and genes affect alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and specific alcohol-related health problems. The intern selected for this position will assist with the study of behavioral responses to drugs in mice. The responses may include withdrawal from drug dependence, drinking drug solutions, activity, temperature regulation, anxiety-related behaviors, and ataxia. Each behavioral response is controlled by multiple genes. By examining which strains of mice are sensitive to the drug, it can be deduced where the relevant genes are on the mice chromosomes. Because mouse and human genomes are very similar, this aids in human gene identification.
Applicants should be aware that on-site parking may be limited and/or unavailable throughout the summer; interns may be required to rely on public transit or alternative transportation.