Undergraduate research assistant – LUNG CANCER RESEARCH - Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Description: Undergraduate research assistant positions are available in the Zhang Lab to work on metabolic pathways leading to tumorigenesis and drug-tolerance in lung cancer. It is an exciting collaborative project involving collaborators at the Harvard Medical School, Yale University and the Jackson Laboratory to understand an interplay between noncoding RNAs and metabolic pathways in driving lung precancer development and treatment tolerance toward EGFR-based therapy (Cell, 2012; Nature Communications, 2016; Nature Metabolism, 2019). This project integrates multiple fields including tumor-initiating cells, cellular metabolism, molecular biology, noncoding RNA, pathology, and transgenic mouse lung cancer models. The undergraduate research assistant will work on some aspects of the project. This innovative area of research can develop novel therapeutic agents to prevent tumorigenesis and drug resistance. It is a terrific opportunity for highly motivated and creative undergraduate students.

Project Dates

Start Date: 1/1/2023 - End Date: 4/28/2023

Students Needed

Type of Project


Student Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities: Independent experimental design and performance with minimal guidance, including cell culture, real-time PCR, western blot, cell-viability assay, immunofluorescent staining, imaging, and data presentation. Other responsibility includes lab duties and potential collaboration with other labs.

Time Commitment

15 hours per week hour(s)

Student Requirements

Qualifications: Arrange time properly and report data timely and honestly. A minimum of 15 hours per week and a minimum of two semesters for the same project are required. Please send a statement of research experience and career goals, a copy of the Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for at least three references in one PDF file to Dr. Wencai Zhang (wencai.zhang@ucf.edu).

Interested in Working With the Following Programs

For EXCEL URE Students Only

Additional Notes

Position Overview

  • Date Posted: 09-27-2022
  • Location:
    • Lake Nona
  • Paid: Yes