2024 Summer Undergraduate Research Program

June 3 - August 9, 2024
Application Deadline is March 15, 2024


Opportunities to participate in research projects in Molecular Medicine and Genetics are available as part of the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics SURP. Areas of study include, cell cycle regulation, chromosome structure and function, gene regulation, molecular neurobiology, differentiation and development, molecular biology of cancer, genetic engineering, genetics of cardiovascular diseases, computational biology, and molecular evolution.


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Below are the research interests of CMMG faculty participating in SURP:

Siddhesh ArasOxidative phosphorylation, Role of mitochondria in infectious diseases, Transcriptional regulation of mitochondrial proteins.

Tiffany Cook: Molecular basis of eye development and disease; differentiation and maintenance of neuronal and non-neuronal cell types in the Drosophila retina; glial support mechanisms; cell-specific transcriptional regulatory mechanisms; cell-cell interactions involved in sensory system development and function.

Cristina Espinosa-Diaz: Molecular Biology, Epigenetics, vascular biology, non-coding-RNAs.

Russell L. Finley, Jr: Regulatory networks that control cell proliferation; cell cycle regulation during development; yeast technology.

Alexander Gow: Molecular pathogenesis of CNS diseases; molecular characterization of the claudin family of integral membrane tight junction proteins during development in brain, testes and inner ear using transgenic and homologous recombination in embryonic stem cells.

James GrannemanAdipose tissue cell and molecular biology, target identification and high through-put screening for novel obesity and diabetes therapeutics

Lawrence I. Grossman: Molecular genetics and evolution of the electron transport chain; cytochrome c oxidase; mitochondria and mitochondrial diseases.

Henry H.Q. Heng: Molecular cytogenetics; high order structure of chromosomes; genome structure and function; genetic and physical mapping; genomic instability and cancer.

Maik Hüttemann: Function of cytochrome c oxidase isoforms, oxygen sensing, and role of mitochondria in cancer.

Stephen A. Krawetz: Gene therapy; control of development and differentiation; expression of connective tissue genes and genes controlling spermatogenesis; computer-assisted sequence analysis.

Li Li: Gene regulation during cardiovascular and hematopoietic development.

Francesca Luca: Understanding the genetic and molecular basis of inter-individual and inter-population differences in complex phenotyps.

Roger Pique-Regi: Developing computational methods and statistical models to further our understanding of the human genome

Lobelia SamavatiClinical and laboratory research in sarcoidosis and interstitial lung disease

Jeffrey Tseng: Protein structure, function, classification and evolution; Disease-associated non-synonymous single-nucleotide polymorphism; Geometric matching techniques; Geometric modeling and molecular simulation.

Kezhong Zhang: Signaling pathways from the endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria; unfolded protein response, oxidative stress and inflammation in health and disease.

Ren Zhang: Obesity and diabetes; the leptin signaling pathway and mechanisms of leptin resistance; comparative genomics.


Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Center for Molecular Medicine & Genetics
3127 Scott Hall, 540 E. Canfield
Detroit MI 48201