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SSRP Examples of Laboratory Projects

The Rockefeller University houses 75 research laboratories dedicated to advancing our understanding of science. While not every laboratory topic is suitable for high school student participation (i.e. infectious disease work), SSRP students work on a wide range of research projects. Some examples of past SSRP projects include:
Medical Sciences, Systems Physiology & Human Genetics

  • The Obesity Weight Loss Study: Macrophage populations in white versus brown adipose tissue
  • The Effect of Vitamin D Receptor Polymorphisms on Vitamin D Repletion
  • Investigating Inborn Errors in Pediatric Classic Kaposi Sarcoma

Neurosciences and Behavior

  • Computer-based Face and Expression Detection
  • Modulation of Neural Activity by Magnetic Fields
  • Genetics and Comorbidity of Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders

Stem Cells, Development, Regeneration, and Aging

  • Dissecting Survival Pathways of Stem Cell-Derived Neocortical Neurons
  • Characterizing Modulators of the TGF-β Signaling Pathway
  • The Role of ETV5 in Inner Ear Sensory Epithelium Development

Genetics and Genomics

  • The Creation of a Computer Program for Expediting the Data Mining and Organization of Large Genomic Files
  • Differential Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment Responses: A Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) Using Multivariate U-Statistics
  • Genetics and Comorbidity of Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders

Molecular and Cell Biology

  • Characterizing the DNA binding properties of RbpA during transcription initiation in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
  • Determining the Role of ERCC6L2 in DNA Repair

Chemical and Structural Biology

  • Determining the Structure of the Karyopherin, Kap123, and the Ribosomal Precursor Protein Rpl25, in complex
  • Development of Tools for Structural Characterization of the Nuclear Basket

Immunology, Virology, and Microbiology

  • Characterizing Antimicrobial Peptides from Phage Lysins Against Acinetobacter baumannii
  • Bacterial Immunity: Double Acquisition of Spacers in the CRISPR
  • Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in Manhattan subway stations

Physical, Mathematical, and Computational Biology

  • Identifying Jet-Gap-Jet Events in Diffractive Proton-Proton Collisions
  • Platform for the Study of Spatial Navigation in Drosophila
  • Monte Carlo Modeling of Light Transport in Melanoma Lesion

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