Alexandra Naba

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    College: Medicine Department: Physiology and Biophysics
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: COMRB 2035 Phone: 312-355-5417
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    My laboratory studies the role of the extracellular matrix (ECM) in development, health, and disease, with a particular focus on cancer. To do so, we utilize classical molecular, cellular, and developmental biology approaches in combination with cutting-edge proteomics and computational analyses. Our research is conducted on mouse models and cells in culture.

    Our ultimate goal is to better understand how the ECM contributes to diseases so that we can exploit it to develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

    Current research opportunities within our group include:
    1) Characterization of a novel transgenic mouse lacking a newly identified ECM gene.
    2) Characterization of the cellular and molecular functions of a newly identified ECM gene, shown to be important for breast cancer progression.
    3) Computational analysis of the extracellular matrix of different tumor types.

    The Naba lab is a highly collaborative and dynamic group that strives for scientific excellence, and offers a stimulating and inclusive working environment conducive to learning and professional development.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 12 during the week.

    Qualifications of a Student:
    * Preferred majors: Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Bioengineering or Computer Science.

    * Minimum GPA: 3.5

    * Qualifications:
    - Prior lab experience is not required but is a plus.
    - Strong willingness to learn new techniques and not be afraid to work with mice.
    - Successful candidate must be detail-oriented, hard-working, professional, reliable with good social skills. You will be helping run our lab therefore, your commitment and reliability are extremely important.

    Honors College/GPPA students will be given priority.

    Students who are motivated and have experience in our lab will become eligible to work half- or full-time during the summer as hourly paid employees.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    * Time commitment:
    We are expecting students to commit to working in the lab ~12 to 15 hours per week (weekdays only) and to be able to be in the lab for periods of 3-5 hours per day and ideally on consecutive days.

    While classroom work is the priority, we expect students to be at work promptly and to devote work time to work tasks. Attendance to our weekly lab meeting is mandatory.

    >Freshmen or sophomores: We are looking for students who are willing to commit to working in the lab for 3+ years, pending an initial 1-month evaluation period.

    > Juniors need prior research experience in specific research areas (in particular, computational biology and experience with interrogation of gene and protein databases, or working with mouse models).

    > We are not hiring seniors.

    * Training plan:
    Initially, you will learn basic lab techniques and assist with routine maintenance of the lab. You will then choose a specific project to work on that is appropriate for your time commitment, skill set, and research interest.

    We also expect candidates to enhance their experience by immersing themselves in the scientific background/literature relevant to the lab’s research (you will not only be a pair of hands!). High-performing students may get the chance to present their research at seminars and meetings.

    You will meet at least once a month with Dr. Alexandra Naba for a performance review.

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