Dr. Ashley Kalinski
<b>Department: </b>Biology<br><b>Research Area: </b>How neurons and immune cells communicate following traumatic nerve injury
Research Focus: How neurons and immune cells communicate following traumatic nerve injury
Potential Student Project(s):
Students joining the lab will learn several key molecular biology skills 1) primary neuronal or macrophage cell culture 2) quantification of cell morphology and protein expression within cells 3) an advanced technique such as microscopy, western blotting, PCR, or flow cytometry.
Our current projects focus on characterizing what happens to the immune response after injury when we get rid of a gene called Sarm1. SARM1 is involved in many cell signaling pathways in both neurons and macrophages, but it's exact role in these pathways in the context of nerve damage is unclear. Students will be working on projects that relate to immune cell signaling in neurons, nerve tissue, and skeletal muscle in a mouse model system.
Attributes/skills/background sought in undergraduate:
- Willing to work with mice
Students will meet with the mentor for one hour per week to discuss elements of experimental design, data interpretation, and scientific literacy. Students will also participate in weekly lab meetings where they will discuss their ongoing projects in the lab and hear what other lab members are working on. Technical training in the laboratory will be under the direct supervision of the mentor and senior research students in the lab.
Contact: 765-285-8827, FB 213