In this project, we are engineering macroscopic pattern formation of bacteria on agar surfaces. We plan to recruit a highly-motivated qualified undergraduate student via this supplemental request to participate in this research project. The specific focus of this project is beyond the scope of regular undergraduate courses and will provide a unique opportunity for these students to immerse themselves in cutting edge research. The laboratory experiment-oriented nature of the project and opportunity for exposure to other current efforts in the wider field also has special appeal to undergraduate students interested in long-term careers in research and engineering. The student will work in the Synthetic Biological Systems Laboratory at Columbia University over a period of 10 weeks. The student will focus on genetically engineering bacteria to modulate pattern-forming behavior on agar plates and development of image analysis setup for quantitative measurement of bacterial pattern formation.
Lab: Synthetic Biological Systems Laboratory, Tal Danino
Direct Supervisor: Tetsuhiro Harimoto
Position Dates: 6/10/2019 - 8/16/2019
Hours per Week: 40
Paid Position: Yes
Qualifications: Molecular biology and engineering
Eligibility: Junior (SEAS only)