Summer lab intern positions funded by the National Science Foundation are available in Dave Jackson’s lab at Cold Spring Harbor Lab, New York, USA. Our lab uses genetics, genomics and developmental biology techniques to understand growth and development of plant stem cell populations, using Arabidopsis and maize as model systems. The position will involve assisting in maize field work (working outdoors) as well as lab work in molecular biology. Some recent publications from our lab:Kitagawa, M., Wu, P., Balkunde, R., Cunniff, P., Jackson, D. (2022). An RNA exosome subunit mediates cell-to-cell trafficking of a homeobox mRNA via plasmodesmata. Science. 14;375(6577):177-182. doi: 10.1126/science.abm0840.
Xu X, Crow M, Rice BR, Li F, Harris B, Liu L, Demesa-Arevalo E, Lu Z, Wang L, Fox N, Wang X, Drenkow J, Luo A, Char SN, Yang B, Sylvester AW, Gingeras TR, Schmitz RJ, Ware D, Lipka AE, Gillis J, Jackson D. Single-cell RNA sequencing of developing maize ears facilitates functional analysis and trait candidate gene discovery. Developmental Cell. 2020.
Liu L, Gallagher J, Arevalo ED, Chen R, Skopelitis T, Wu Q, Bartlett M, Jackson D. Enhancing grain-yield-related traits by CRISPR-Cas9 promoter editing of maize CLE genes. Nature Plants. 2021;7(3):287-94.
Claeys H, Vi SL, Xu X, Satoh-Nagasawa N, Eveland AL, Goldshmidt A, Feil R, Beggs GA, Sakai H, Brennan RG, Lunn JE, Jackson D. Control of meristem determinacy by trehalose 6-phosphate phosphatases is uncoupled from enzymatic activity. Nature Plants. 2019;5(4):352-7.
Wu Q, Xu F, Jackson D. All together now, a magical mystery tour of the maize shoot meristem. Current Opinions in Plant Biology. 2018;45(Pt A):26-35.
Education: Currently enrolled in a college program in a Life Science discipline Skills/Experience: Some lab experience preferred but not required Other: Applicants will need to have transportation and be fully vaccinated, and should be available to work from ~ late May – mid August.
Environment: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a world-renowned research and education institution recognized internationally for its excellence in fundamental areas, such as cancer, neuroscience, plant biology, genomics, and quantitative biology. The Laboratory has long been recognized as a place for nurturing young scientists, with post-doctoral researchers being an integral part of the discovery process. The Laboratory offers a warm, collegial, and collaborative work environment in a beautiful location about one hour from New York City.
You are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition to your employment at the Laboratory. You will be required to provide proof of your vaccination on your first day of employment. For those individuals, who are unable to receive a vaccine due to access issues, they will be expected to receive the vaccine upon arrival in New York.
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Since 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has been a global leader in research and education. The international scientific community at CSHL provides a unique and stimulating atmosphere for doctoral research?an environment where students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty work side-by-side. The Watson School of Biological Sciences (WSBS) was founded on the belief that with well thought-out mechanisms, enthusiastic involvement of faculty, and highly motivated students, an innovative curriculum could be provided that would allow students to earn a doctoral degree in a shorter time than in traditional programs without compromising the quality of their training. The curriculum is designed to train students to become scholars and independent thinkers.