2016 MICRO SURP trainees with Drs. Steven Norris and Heidi Kaplan
The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics offers opportunities for undergraduate students to gain research experience. These are designed to help students with a strong interest in pursuing a PhD degree in microbiology and related biomedical sciences to gain a better understanding of what is expected in a PhD program and strengthen their application for such a program. Many of our faculty have mentored undergraduates from local universities in a research project and hosted them in their lab. These arrangements are highly individualized and can be as short as a summer and as long as several years. Interested students are encouraged to contact individual faculty members. In addition, The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program, described below. Students spend 10 weeks working in laboratories of faculty mentors where they work side by side with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The program also includes multiple enrichment activities such as lunchtime seminars, research discussions, and field trips to research facilities such as the Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research.
2018 Micro SURP Trainee Program
Undergraduate students are invited to participate in this intensive 10-week summer research experience at the UTHealth Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. Each student will have their own research project and work ‘at the bench’ along side graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty. The 2018 Microbiology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (Micro SURP) will extend from Monday, May 21 to Friday, July 27, 2018. Students receive a $4,500 stipend. Nearby housing is available.
- 40 hours/week of intensive, ‘hands-on’ research experience with a faculty member, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
- The opportunity to develop your own research project in microbiology/infectious diseases
- Participation in weekly Micro SURP meetings which include tours of the Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research and the Memorial-Hermann Hospital Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, a discussion of the graduate school application process, graduate student presentations, and discussions with microbiology faculty and infectious disease physicians
- Weekly seminars with the McGovern Medical School Summer Research Program and the Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (MID) Graduate Program
- Presentation of your results at the end of the program and the opportunity to include your work in publications and presentations at local and national meetings
- Located in the Texas Medical Center (the world’s largest medical complex) and the vibrant city of Houston with a plethora of entertainment, museums, sports, and outdoor activities
- This Program was initiated in 2005 as part of the Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases (MBID) NIH-sponsored Training Grant. It has trained over 94 undergraduate students to date.
Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents. College sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors with GPAs of 3.3 and above will be considered. Students from groups underrepresented in science (including African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, Alaskan Native, disabled or disadvantaged individuals) are encouraged to apply.
Complete the application form on the UTHealth GSBS Summer Research Program Website: https://utgsbs.embark.com/apply
The following items must be submitted online to complete the application process:
- Official or unofficial transcripts (if unofficial the printed page must indicate source of the document, i.e. name of school or registrar’s office, etc.)
- Two letters of recommendation (must come directly from the referees). Name and email information are needed to complete this section of your application. An email from the application system will be sent to these two people requesting them to submit their letters before the deadline. The letters may come from a professor, employer, volunteer director, etc.
- A personal statement is required at the end of the application. Please review the guidelines (located in the area before the Personal Statement block) and consider preparing your personal statement before beginning the application.
- Select five possible faculty mentors from the list below.
All materials (application, transcripts and letters of recommendation) are due by February 1, 2018.
Questions regarding Micro SURP can be directed to Dr. Heidi Kaplan (Micro SURP Director), or Drs. Steven Norris and Theresa M. Koehler (MBID Training Grant Program Co-Directors). , or Dr. Ambro Van Hoof (Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Graduate Program Director).
We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Gilson Longenbaugh Foundation for this Program.
Micro SURP Faculty and Research Areas
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- Cesar A. Arias, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D. Clinical and molecular aspects of antimicrobial resistance
- Peter J. Christie, Ph.D. Type IV secretion systems in bacterial pathogenesis
- Charles Darkoh, Ph.D., MS., MSc. Molecular mechanisms of Clostridium difficile-associated infections and irritable bowel syndrome
- Nicholas R. DeLay, Ph.D. Molecular mechanisms by which small noncoding RNAs (sRNAs) regulate gene expression.
- Herbert L. DuPont, M.D. Enteric infectious diseases: their microbiology, immunology, genetic resistance, clinical features, control, prevention, and therapy
- Danielle A. Garsin, Ph.D. C. elegans as a model host for understanding the genetics of bacterial infection
- Magnus Höök, Ph.D. Molecules of pathogens involved in adherence to host tissues, particularly the host extracellular matrix
- Robert L. Hunter, M.D., Ph.D. Modulation of the host immune response by mycobacterial cell wall components
- Chinnaswamy Jagannath, Ph.D. Mycobacterial vaccines; host & pathogen factors affecting intracellular survival
- Heidi B. Kaplan, Ph.D. Cell-cell interactions and signal transduction in bacterial differentiation and biofilm formation
- Nayun Kim, Ph.D. Mechanisms of mutagenesis and chromosomes rearrangements in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
- Anne-Marie Krachler, Ph.D. Information exchange at the bacteria-host interface
- Theresa M. Koehler, Ph.D. MBID Training Grant Co-Director; Genetics, physiology, and virulence gene regulation in Bacillus anthracis
- Dorothy E. Lewis, Ph.D. Immunology and pathogenesis of HIV, Cryptosporidium, M. tuberculosis and other infectious agents
- Ziyin Li, Ph.D. Cell cycle regulation in trypanosomes
- Jiqiang (Lanny) Ling, Ph.D. Protein synthesis: mechanisms and diseases
- Jun Liu, Ph.D. Determination of 3-D structure/function relationships of molecular machines in living cells
- Michael C. Lorenz, Ph.D. Understanding the molecular basis of fungal infections
- William Margolin, Ph.D. Targeting and assembly of the bacterial cell division complex
- Kevin A. Morano, Ph.D. Protein chaperones and stress response in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
- Barbara E. Murray, M.D. Antimicrobial resistance and molecular pathogenesis of enterococci and other Gram-positive pathogens
- Steven J. Norris, Ph.D. MBID Training Grant Co-Director; Pathogenic mechanisms of spirochetes and other invasive pathogens
- Timothy G. Palzkill, Ph.D. Structure-function properties of b-lactamases; functional genomics
- Hung Ton-That, Ph.D. Molecular assembly on the cell surface of Gram-positive bacteria, bacterial pathogenesis and host-pathogen interactions
- Stephen K. Tyring, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. Role of Human Papilloma Virus and other viruses in sexually transmitted diseases and squamous cell carcinogenesis; antiviral therapies and vaccines
- Ambro van Hoof, Ph.D. mRNA degradation and quality control of gene expression
- Rick A. Wetsel, Ph.D. Complement components and their receptors: role in inflammatory reactions and protective responses against microbial pathogens
- Yi Xu, Ph.D. Host-pathogen interactions in Bacillus anthracis infection; bacterial activation of the actin cytoskeleton; bacterial breaching of the mucosal barrier
- Lynn Zechiedrich, Ph.D. Fluoroquinolone resistance in E. coli; DNA topoisomerases, DNA structure, and DNA topology; gene therapy