Dr. Kim Rosvall’s lab (https://rosvall.lab.indiana.edu/) has a research position available via the CEW&T Emerging Scholars Research Experience for Undergraduate Women on the genomic basis of female aggression in birds, supervised by postdoctoral researcher Dr. Sara Lipshutz. Timeframe for the position is October 17th 2019 – May 8th 2020. 1st years and sophomores who identify as women are encouraged to apply. All majors welcome – may be of special interest to those in Animal Behavior. Applications are due August 1st, 2019. Apply here: REU Student Application 2019-20
What makes some individuals more aggressive than others? This project examines the genetic basis of aggressive behavior in birds, with a focus on sex differences across species.
Technological or Computational Component:
The project involves neuroscience and molecular techniques including cryostat sectioning of neural tissue (brains), RNA extraction, and quantitative PCR (to measure gene expression), along with data analysis.
Careful attention to detail (e.g. following laboratory protocols and keeping a well maintained lab notebook), willingness to learn new techniques, and open communication (e.g. asking for help when needed).