Sarah Hake, Professor

Open (1) Developmental Processes In Plants

Open. Apprentices needed for the spring semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before February 5th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning January 9th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 23rd at 8 AM.

Our laboratory works on developmental processes in plants. We use maize, sorghum and Setaria to carry out studies aimed at understanding how cell fate is determined. As we carry out these studies we move from phenotype to gene and back to phenotype again. Some students may help map and clone genes defined by mutant phenotypes. Other students will try to determine the function of genes by obtaining mutant phenotypes, carrying out in situ hybridizations or expressing the gene in transgenic plants. Students will learn standard molecular biology techniques and hopefully gain a respect for the power of genetics.

Number of hours: 10 hrs a week is required.



planting seeds, harvesting, tissue collection
observations and microscopy
DNA preps
PCR
gel electrophoresis
RNA preps
clone construction


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: China Lunde, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Skills needed: A desire to learn is essential and a love of plants helps a great deal. Students who are highly motivated and able to take on responsibility will be given more and more independence. We are happy to teach students everything they need to do the project as long as they are willing to make a serious commitment.

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Plant Gene Expression Center, 800 Buchanan St, Albany
Campus shuttle is available

Related website: http://www.pgec.usda.gov/