The Marshall Lab (www.MarshallLab.com) at UC Berkeley School of Public Health (http://sph.berkeley.edu/) is seeking an undergraduate student for a part-time research fellowship to assist in mathematical and computational aspects of a project to engineer mosquitoes incapable of transmitting malaria, dengue and Zika to humans. Our work on this project spans collaborations with molecular biologists, ecologists and epidemiologists. We develop mathematical models and software to fit models to data generated in the lab and predict how gene-edited mosquitoes could be expected to perform in the wild. As the technology develops, considerations regarding field trial design and implications for disease transmission to humans are becoming increasingly relevant.
We are interested in an undergraduate research fellow who has strengths in computer science and/or mathematics, as well as an interest in the biological sciences, including one or more of molecular biology, ecology or epidemiology. The research fellow will work with postdocs and graduate students in our research group on a project that emphasizes their skill set and is aligned with our research program. A time commitment of 10 hours per week is expected, with flexible hours to be coordinated with other research group members. Significant contributions to the project will have the potential to lead to co-authorship on research publications and may form the basis for an undergraduate research dissertation.