Ankur Saxena

    Email Address: saxenaa@uic.edu
    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Biological Sciences
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: MBRB 4120 Phone: 3124138137
    Webpage: www.saxenalab.com
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Our lab investigates the multicellular dynamics of vertebrate stem cell migration and differentiation in vivo, with the goal of better understanding human developmental defects and neuronal regeneration/repair. Specifically, we combine high-resolution live imaging with genetic, molecular, and physical perturbation in zebrafish embryos to determine how neurons form in vertebrate embryos and why so few are created in adults. Our current work is focused on neural crest stem cells and their spatiotemporally variant potential for forming multiple derivatives including sensory neurons, glia, and cartilage.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    For research positions, at least a two-year commitment to the lab is essential, and we expect a minimum of 10 hours/week.

    Only a one-year commitment (and minimum of 5 hours/week) is needed if interested solely in zebrafish husbandry or other basic tasks (i.e., not a research project-based position).

    When contacting Dr. Saxena, please specify what type of position you are looking for, what your interests are, and provide a CV or resume that includes your overall GPA, major or science GPA, educational stage/year, and any other details you think highlight your strengths. Listing one or two references w/ contact info. (e.g., teachers or professors) is a plus.

    Generic emails will not receive a reply.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    We expect students to demonstrate enthusiasm, maturity, reliability, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to learn and work as part of a team. In return, we provide a fun, supportive, and highly collegial working environment and an opportunity to do cutting-edge research.

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