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Engineering | Undergraduate Research

Innovative Lightweight User-Friendly Interface Functionalities for Protein Structure Analysis

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Dr. Zoe Lacroix, Associate Research Professor in the Polytechnic School, is seeking a future FURI applicant or Honors Research/Thesis student to work on Innovative Lightweight User-Friendly Interface Functionalities for Protein Structure Analysis.

Proteins are essential parts of organisms and their functions involved in a large spectrum of activities in the biological cell. The structure of proteins gives more insight in their function than the knowledge of their sequence (the description of the linear succession of amino acids that compose them). Mutations caused to proteins can dramatically impact their structure, thus their function. The project SPROUTS (Structural Prediction for PRotein FOlding UTility System) was initiated in 2006 with the aim of comparing and integrating various structural analyses and producing a combined view of the results to the scientists.

We are looking for a student interested in the fascinating and exciting challenge of developing technology to support scientific discovery. The project is not a project in bioinformatics and no prior knowledge in biology is necessary (although it is not required such knowledge is of course welcome!).

Students interested to join the team will work closely with a graduate student and under the supervision of Dr. Lacroix. Successful undergraduate students typically have the opportunity to co-author research papers and present their work at workshops and conferences. Students will work approximately 5-10 hours per week and receive the FURI stipend where applicable.

Please contact Dr. Lacroix by email at Include FURI and the project name in the title and your resume.


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