Molecular and Cellular Biology
Genetic Research on Heavy Metal Cadmium Toxicity
We want to find genes that can make cells resistant to toxic heavy metals, especially cadmium. Cadmium is a dangerous environmental pollutant because cells don't know how to handle it properly and dispose of it, which results in cadmium accumulation in the organism and eventually damages liver and kidneys.
In my lab we use a model, based on the fruit fly Drosophila, to study cadmium toxicity and find what genes are involved in making cells more resistant to cadmium toxic doses.
We mainly use molecular biology and cell biology techniques in our studies, including PCR analysis, RNA extraction, immunostaing, etc.
We value a high motivation for research. No previous experience is necessary, all required training will be provided.
Spring 2017 to Spring 2018