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Ji Woo

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Protein Structure, Virology

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Literature review on mitochondrial membrane dynamics

Mitochondria is an incredible dynamic organelle known to fuse with each other to mediate multiple different signaling pathways. The role of the mitochondrial structure in cell fate and metabolism is still relatively unknown to many cell biologists. In this project, student will review the currently published research articles on this topic, analyze reported data, find any discrepancy that exists between different papers, and formulate a novel hypothesis.

Bioinformatic data analysis on cancer metastasis

Student will learn basic bioinformatic analysis skills used in literature today such as gene set enrichment analysis (GSEA), and learn to interpret the result side-by-side with publically available patient data through analysis of the Kaplan-Meier curve. Identification and summary of possible cancer metastasis driver genes can be reported in a form of a commentary or a scientific review.

Writing a scientific grant proposal

Student will learn how to write and present a novel research project in the form of a grant proposal. Specifically, a format that mimics that of the National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellowship program (GRFP) grant proposal will be used.

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