Project Title: Murine Antigen Presenting Cell Function

Faculty Sponsor: David Duriancik

Department: Biology



Project Description: Antigen presenting cells initiate the specific immune response to pathogenic organisms. They act as sentinels surveying tissues of the body for signals in which to respond. Modulating the function of antigen presenting cells is important for developing effective vaccination protocols, cancer immunotherapies, autoimmune disease remission, and emerging infectious diseases.

Student Tasks & Responsibilities:  Students will require training in animal subjects research, which is available through the University. Students will use cell and molecular biology techniques, primarily flow cytometry, to assess murine antigen presenting cell function. Students will read and discuss primary literature, develop experimental protocols, analyze and present data. Opportunities exist for manuscript publication and presentation of data at local, regional, national, and international scientific conferences.

Minimum Student Qualifications: