Peter G. Okkema

    Email Address: okkema@uic.edu
    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Biological Sciences
    Title: Professor
    Office: 4052 MBRB M/C 567 Phone: 4137445
    Webpage: http://tigger.uic.edu/~okkema/lab.html
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Control of organ development and function in C. elegans--

    We are interested in how complex organs form during animal development, and how their function is controlled. To address these questions, we study the pharynx of the nematode C. elegans. The pharynx is a neuromuscular feeding organ, and we are using molecular and genetic techniques to understand how muscle cells differentiate, and how pharyngeal neurons control muscle cell contractions.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 3

    Qualifications of a Student:
    - interest in developmental biology
    - credit or concurrent registration in Genetics
    - a class schedule that allows you to work 2 half-days/week
    - ability to work 2 semesters, or a semester and summer

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Students will carry out an independent research project in the lab. Typical duties include molecular cloning, generating transgenic C. elegans, and optical microscopy.

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