Biomechanics of Force Generation during Tissue Morphogenesis

Working with the PI and a postdoc in the lab, the student will investigate how the motor protein myosin II generates mechanical forces within cells to shape tissues during embryonic development of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. The student will learn confocal microscopy, quantitative image analysis, and Drosophila genetics, and will help to develop a method for measuring mechanical properties of tissues in vivo.

Lab: Kasza Living Materials Lab

Direct Supervisor: Karen Kasza

Position Dates: 5/15/2018 - 8/31/2018

Hours per Week: 40

Paid Position: Yes

Credit: No

Positions Available: 2

Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior; SEAS only

Professor Karen Kasza, karen.kasza@columbia.edu, Mudd 220C, 212-851-7677