Sheila Baker, PhD
Protein trafficking in neurons
My lab takes advantage of the tools in the fields of molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry to unravel how proteins are trafficked from where they are synthesized to where they function in compartmentalized neurons such as photoreceptors.
A GPA greater than 3.0 is required and completed coursework in molecular biology, cell biology and/or biochemistry will be a strong asset.
Undergraduate students will work alongside the principle investigator with assistance from the other lab members to develop and conduct an independent research project that will contribute to our goal of unraveling the mechanisms that control the trafficking of various membrane proteins in photoreceptors. Students will have the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques including Western blotting, PCR, cloning, fluorescence microscopy and transgenic frogs.