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Anand Lab: academic year and summer opportunities

K.J.S. (Sunny) Anand
Funding Sponsor: 
Dr. K.J.S. (Sunny) Anand
Contact Email: 
crovnagh@stanford.edu (Cynthia R. Rovnaghi)
Funding Deadline: 
June 1, 2020 - 11:59 pm

Research topics: We have identified hair biomarkers (e.g., cortisol and oxytocin) for investigating cumulative stress in young children and their parents, but don't know their values among normal, healthy individuals.

Techniques: We have collected hair from children and their parents/caregivers painlessly by cutting the hair close to the scalp to monitor hair growth of children and to quantify a panel of hair biomarkers using our standard published methodology and ELISA methods and plan to related these values to subjective reports of stress and child development.

Seeking undergrads for: Academic year, Summer

Required skills: Familiarity with: basic, general wet lab procedures and/or REDcap and/or with programming/databasing design and/or tools (proteomic, transcriptomic, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence) and/or spoken and written languages (Vietnamese, Spanish)

This lab is particularly interested in mentoring: Undergrads from backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM, Undergrads without previous exposure to laboratory research, Undergrads with certain language skills

How to apply: Contact Cynthia R. Rovnaghi (crovnagh@stanford.edu)

Project information:

Project 1 - The Pain/Stress Neurobiology Laboratory (PSNL) desires to develop reference intervals for stress and pro-social afflictive biomarkers.  Factors such as age, gender, race, socioeconomic adversity, and health status will be evaluated for their contribution to concentrations of select hair biomarkers  (e.g., cortisol and oxytocin).  Hair biomarker concentrations may then be tested for their predictive capacity on childhood outcome measures such as cognitive and socio-emotional capacities and behavioral phenotypes.

Project 2 - The PSNL desires to develop and/or utilize hair multiomic (proteomic and transcriptomic) bioinformatic and artificial intelligence database tools for publishing our age differentially associated hair protein and miRNA libraries.

Project 3 - The PSNL is working with Vietnamese (primary language) parents/caregivers and their children residing in Santa Clara County.  We desire an undergraduate student having written and spoken proficiency in Vietnamese to serve as an interpreter and for data entry.  Though not a requirement, candidates for this project having or expecting to take child developmental psychology and/or neurobiology are preferred.  In addition to the hair biomarkers mentioned in Projects 1 and 2, ethnicity and cultural experiences may be explored for their role in child developmental outcomes.

Project 4 - The PSNL is working with Spanish (primary language) parents/caregivers and their children residing in Santa Clara County.  We desire an undergraduate student having written and spoken proficiency in Spanish to serve as an interpreter and for data entry.  Though not a requirement, candidates for this project having or expecting to take child developmental psychology and/or neurobiology are preferred.  In addition to the hair biomarkers mentioned in Projects 1 and 2, ethnicity and cultural experiences may be explored for their role in child developmental outcomes.