There is a possibility of accepting junior or sophomore students into the MEE lab. Please express an interest in the lab to me, either in person or via email. We will then discuss ways to become involved in the laboratory, probably first starting with attending our weekly lab meetings, shadowing Eric with his research, and working on a starting project — a very short project involving helping out another member of the lab with their research.
We then can talk about developing your own project. Our current projects involve:
A) Culturing microbes from leaf surfaces to identify and describe the diversity of bacteria and archaea found on this phyllosphere.
B) Combining biology, bioinformatics, and computer science to explore what exactly causes speciation in bacteria
C) Evolving halophile archaea to grow at a range of temperatures
Only a demonstrated interest in these fields is required — this could be your first experience working in these areas.