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

Credit: 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


Prof. Karen Kasza, [email protected]