Hyun Min Jung

    Email Address: hmjung@uic.edu
    College: Medicine Department: Pharmacology
    Title: Assistant Professor (Research)
    Office: COMRB 4141 Phone: 3123551138
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    The Jung lab is a new lab at UIC Department of Pharmacology and Regenerative Medicine!

    Two types of positions are available:
    a) Research-focused (~12 hours/week). This position is ideal for students who are willing to participate in research projects in preparation for graduate school or medical school. Long-term commitment (2+ years) is preferred.

    b) Husbandry-focused (~5 hours/week). This position is suitable for students who are willing to gain experience zebrafish husbandry. Minimum 1 year commitment is preferred.

    We are interested in understanding how lymphatic vessels develop and function. The lymphatic system is essential for maintaining fluid homeostasis and immune surveillance and play unique organ-specific functions. Defects in this system can lead to many diseases such as lymphedema, cardiovascular diseases, cancer metastasis, organ transplant failure, inflammatory diseases, and obesity. However, there are not many options to treat these disorders due to our limited knowledge about this system.

    We use the zebrafish to explore many scientific questions in vascular biology. The zebrafish is a superb model organism for in vivo analysis with several advantages: 1) Rapid external development, 2) Optical clarity, 3) High Fecundity, 4) Genetic malleability, 5) High-throughput screening. These advantages permit rapid, visible, and quantifiable analysis in the context of normal or genetically or experimentally manipulated animals. High-resolution live imaging on fluorescence-labeled transgenic animals is a powerful technique that provides unique information underlying vascular development and cellular behavior in living organism in real time.

    We are currently studying these interesting topics in lymphatic biology and open to exciting ideas that will let us understand the basics underlying the lymphatics.

    • Development of the lymphatic system.
    • MicroRNA function in lymphatic biology.
    • Crosstalk between lymphatic vessels and immune cells.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 12

    Qualifications of a Student:
    *Preferred Major:
    - Biological Sciences or related discipline

    * Qualifications:
    - Prior lab experience is not required but is a plus.
    - Enthusiastic in learning new techniques.
    - Interest in using zebrafish as animal model to study vascular biology.
    - A successful candidate will follow directions precisely with a collaborative mindset.
    - Students who desire a long-term laboratory experience (2+ years) in preparation for graduate school in biomedical research or medical school will be given priority.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    The student is expected to properly organize their plan for lab work to avoid conflicts with classroom time, be on time, and to devote work time to work tasks.

    Training plan:
    Assist with routine maintenance of the lab and learn basic lab techniques. Develop and conduct a research project that is part of the overall research of the lab. Attend regular lab meetings, assist the team of research staff and graduate students. Maintenance of laboratory notebook and recording the experimental details is absolutely critical.

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