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University of Cal. San Francisco(UCSF)Molecular Biology Research

University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Molecular Biology Research Summer Opportunity

This research experience is available to one or two highly qualified Washington College Biology and/or Chemistry majors interested in pursuing post-graduate work towards a Ph.D. The lab is supervised by Washington College alumna, Dr. Terumi Kohwi-Shigematsu, a world recognized expert in genetics and cancer research. Students wanting to gain some experience in molecular biological research, learning cutting edge high-complexity molecular analyses of chromatin structure and expression profiling studies together with cellular biology analyses should apply. This is a unique opportunity to develop molecular biology skills and to interact with outstanding researchers in the field of stem cells and chromatin research at USCF which is one of the top medical institutes in the U.S.


The main research interest of her laboratory is Chromatin Organization and Epigenetics in Gene Regulation and her group is focused on the study of how chromatin structure determines cell behavior and fate, and its role in cancer, stem cells, and brain function. For more information about her research please refer to:


Kohwi-Shigematsu, T., Poterlowicz, K., Ordinario, E., Han, H-J., Botchkarev, V. and Kohwi, Y. Genome organizing function of SATB1 in tumor progression. (2013). Seminars in Cancer Biology 23:72-79. NIHMSID: NIHMS396670


Interested students should contact either the Chair of the Biology or Chair of the Chemistry Departments here at Washington College or alternatively the Assistant Dean for Curricular Enrichment. Candidates are asked to submit application materials that are reviewed by an internal Washington College committee and then further reviewed for a final decision by Dr. Kohwi-Shigematsu.