Owen J Tamplin

    Email Address: otamplin@uic.edu
    College: Medicine Department: Pharmacology
    Secondary Department: Bioengineering
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: COMRB 4141 Phone: 312-355-1138
    Webpage: http://www.mcph.uic.edu/tamplin
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    In the Tamplin lab, we study the basic biology of hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) and their microenvironment. These stem cells are clinically important as a curative treatment for many blood cancers and diseases. A better understanding of HSC and their supportive niche will help us improve these treatments and thereby patient survival.

    The zebrafish is now a well-established model for in vivo genetic and chemical screening. It is the only vertebrate genetic model that allows high-resolution live imaging of endogenous cellular behaviors. We can harness the strengths of the zebrafish model to develop and test unique hypotheses that could not be acquired using any other system.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5

    Qualifications of a Student:
    You will be in your senior year, have a GPA of at least 3.4, completed basic training in research, and coursework in life sciences. Ability to use MATLAB would be an asset but is not a requirement.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    You will join an active lab and work alongside technicians, graduate students, and postdocs. You will receive training in analysis of unique "correlative light and electron microscopy" (CLEM) data sets. You will be expected to quickly become independent in your ability to work with an image analysis workstation and available Imaris software. You will also receive training to perform lab experiments using zebrafish to analyze whole-mount RNA and protein localization.

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