John Innes Centre International Undergraduate Summer School 2018, UK

Publish Date: Nov 03, 2017

Deadline: Jan 19, 2018

Undergraduate Summer School

The Undergraduate Summer School is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students from all corners of the globe to spend 8 weeks here at our internationally renowned research centre, partnering with fellow co-located institutes; The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Earlham Institute.

You will experience amazing plant and microbial science, interacting with some of the most esteemed scientists in the world, gaining an unrivalled research experience, to take into your future careers.

Alongside the invaluable career development skills you will pick up, the Summer School is a social event, where you will meet like-minded people from around the world, developing lifelong friendships. The 8 weeks include frequent organised social activities, from an introductory make-your-own pizza night, meals out, BBQs and finally a 2-day hotel stay on the beautiful North Norfolk coast.

Our International Undergraduate Summer School includes;

  • £200 pw spending money
  • Free accommodation in a private en-suite room, with shared kitchen
  • An organised programme of training, research, seminars, workshops and social events
  • The chance to be part of a world-renowned scientist's laboratory and to directly contribute to their cutting-edge research
  • An opportunity to experience life in a truly world-leading scientific institute across a variety of biological and chemical sciences; including microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular biology and computational and mathematical biology

Undergraduate Summer School project titles 2018

We have a huge range of projects available as part of the 2018 Undergraduate Summer School.

Below are a list of the project titles, grouped by departmental research area, alongside the laboratory senior scientist.

Biological chemistry

  • DNA topoisomerases in bacteria and plants - Tony Maxwell
  • Structural Biology of host:pathogen interaction - Mark Banfield
  • Iron cofactors in plants and for human nutrition - Janneke Balk

Cell and developmental biology

  • Shaping Diversity - Enrico Coen
  • Flowering and adaptation - Caroline Dean
  • Plant stem cells - Robert Sablowski
  • Molecular biology of plant-insect interactions - Saskia Hogenhout
  • Molecular mechanisms of symbiosis signalling in legumes - Giles Oldroyd
  • Growth and nutrient - Mike Bevan
  • Environmental signal integration and Adaptation of gene regulatory mechanisms - Vinod Kumar
  • Epigenetic regulation of plant sexual reproduction - Xiaoqi Feng

Computational and systems biology

  • Spatio-temporal Dynamics of Calcium Signaling - Richard Morris

Crop genetics

  • Wheat Genetics - Simon Griffiths
  • Can molecular genetics help feed 10 billion people - Cristobal Uauy
  • Disease resistance in cereals - Paul Nicholson
  • Cell-to-cell communication during pathogen attack - Christine Faulkner
  • How do we protect wheat from a cereal killer? - Diane Saunders

Metabolic biology

  • Primary Carbon Metabolism and Plant Growth - Alison Smith
  • Plant natural products, metabolic diversification, plant protection - Anne Osbourn
  • Genetic and biochemical control of legume seed quality and nitrogen accumulation - Claire Domoney

Molecular microbiology

  • Investigating how Pseudomonas bacteria colonise plant root systems - Jacob Malone

The Sainsbury Laboratory

  • Interactions between plants and the plant pathogen Phytophthora - Sophien Kamoun
  • Genetics of immunity in crop species - Matthew Moscou

Earlham Institute

  • Gene discovery through transcriptomics - David Swarbreck
  • Functional analysis of genetic variation underlying adverse drug response - Wiktor Jurkowski
  • Network analysis for omics data integration - Wiktor Jurkowski
  • Discovering cellular heterogeneity through single cell genomics - Iain Macauley

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United Kingdom