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UROP job description
We are seeking a student to work on optimization of virus detection in culture systems. The project would ultimately be applicable for creating diagnostics for real-world situations involving novel point of care diagnostics, enabled with mobile telephone for real-time epidemiology.
Today’s global world health challenges require advanced and sensitive technologies for detecting potential infectious agents that are health threats. To be able to prevent spread of new emerging diseases, to control epidemics and to best equip surveillance, there is a need to implement these highly sensitive and cost-effective diagnostic techniques. Among the emerging disease risks that this proposal will focus on is dengue hemorrhagic fever.
The project consists of refining techniques to detect dengue virus in the laboratory. Goals of the project are to be able to grow, concentrate and detect dengue viruses that are of diverse genetic information, and to develop rapid and highly sensitive assays for ultimate detection of dengue viruses in patients.
Students with prior background in Biology, Biochemistry, and Cell Biology are highly encouraged to apply. The project requires someone capable of working within BL2 level laboratory requirements and who has excellent organization skills necessary for cataloging of the viruses. There is a cataloging and bio-banking portion of the work.
Contact: Jose Gomez-Marquez, Innovations in International Health. firstname.lastname@example.org