Ankur Saxena

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    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Biological Sciences
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: MBRB 4118 Phone: 3124138137
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Our lab investigates the dynamics of stem cell migration and differentiation and cancer metastasis in vivo. Specifically, we combine high-resolution live imaging with genetic, molecular, and physical perturbation in zebrafish embryos to determine how neurons form in vertebrates and how cancer cells migrate long distances. Our current work is focused on neural crest stem cells and neural crest-derived neuroblastoma.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 12

    Qualifications of a Student:
    For research positions, at least a two-year commitment to the lab is essential, and we expect a minimum of 12 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 UIC GPA, major or science GPA, high school 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.

    Emails that are generic and/or do not follow these guidelines 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 the opportunity to do cutting-edge research and earn authorship on publications.

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