Biomechanics of Force Generation during Tissue Morphogenesis
Location of Research: Hybrid (both Remote and On Site)
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/or Drosophila genetics, and will help to develop a method for force transmission in tissues in vivo.
Lab: Kasza Living Materials Lab
Direct Supervisor: Prof. Karen Kasza
Position Dates: 6/1/2021 - 8/31/2021
Hours per Week: 40
Paid Position: Yes
Qualifications: Fundamentals of mechanical engineering and lab safety. Experience with coding in Python or MATLAB.
Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Master's; SEAS only