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Duke University Graduate School
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Box 90065
Durham, NC 27708 USA

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Student Projects

Over the years, our students have completed a number of outstanding research projects. Below are a description of the mentor and project selection process, a list of departments with which our students worked, and some of the research topics on which our students worked.

Mentor/Project Selection

We contact participating students during the Spring semester before the program begins to discuss research interests. Our goal is to place each student into a project that closely relates to their career and research objectives. We select possible matching faculty at Duke and invite the faculty to participate in the SROP. We try to select faculty who not only conduct research on an appropriate topic, but who also are actively engaged in the laboratory and would be particularly adept at training undergraduate students from underrepresented groups. We also provide participants with a current graduate student liaison who can answer questions about real graduate student experiences.

Possible Departments of Study

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological & Bilogically Inspired Materials
  • Biological Chemistry
  • SROP Poster SessionBiology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environment
  • Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Genetics & Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Integrated Toxicology
  • Molecular Cancer Biology
  • Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Structural Biology & Biophysics
For more information about individual departments, see the "Departments & Programs" section of the Graduate School Web site.

Some of our past students' projects

  • Drug Mediated Activation of HSF-1 Pathway Triggers Innate Immune Response in Caenorhabditis Elegans
  • Investigating Post-Ingestive Reward
  • Enhancing Oral Immunization using Recombinant Mycobacterium Expressing RGD Motifs
  • Effect of Dynamic Mechanical Stress and Oxygen Tension on Articular Cartilage and its Relevance to Osteoarthritis
  • Bidirectional Promoter Drives Antisense Regulation at Wis2-Guf1 locus in S. pombe
  • Two Candidate Genes for Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) 4
  • TRPC6 & Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis
  • Secondary Heart Field Proliferation is Influenced by its Environment
  • Confirmation of Specific microRNA Targets through Visualizing microRNA-induced Degradation of mRNA within the Argonaute 2 Complex
  • The Role of DFR in the Evolution of White Flowers
  • P. drummondii models Reproductive Character Displacement in the Presence of p. cuspidate, Shifting its Phenotype from a Blue to Red Hue
  • Possible Regulation Mechanisms in GEMYeast Transcription Factor Iws1
  • Wingless Movement
  • Aptamer-Antidote Binding
  • Mutation Screening
  • Deletion and Duplication of the Parkin Gene
  • Glucose Transporter Homeostasis
  • Phosphoinositide-3 Kinase p110d in Dendritic Cell Interleukin-12 Induction by Toxoplasma gondii
  • Bipolar Disease Gene Localization
  • G Protein-Coupled Odorant Receptors
  • Translocation of Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Microdissection of the Songbird Brain
  • Social Images and Risk Behavior
  • Neuroeconomics
  • Neurophil and Mast Cell Activator Mastoparan
  • Pathogenic Fungi
  • THC Tolerance
  • Steroid Hormone Receptors in N27 Cells
  • Neutron-Deuteron Breakup