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Pepper Lab: academic year and summer opportunities

Jon-Paul Pepper
Funding Sponsor: 
Dr. Jon-Paul Pepper
Contact Email: 
Dr. Pepper (
Funding Deadline: 
September 1, 2022 - 11:59 pm

Research topics: Our lab is finding new ways to regenerate injured motor nerves after injury.    

Techniques: We use microsurgical models of facial nerve injury in a mouse with 3D printed nerve constructs (in collaboration with Mark Sklyar-Scott from Biomed Engineering) to repair nerve injury. 

Website:  Pepper Research Lab     

Seeking undergrads for: Academic year, Summer

Location: On-campus research projects only

Required skills: None, Previous wet lab experience, Programming experience - Interested students should plan to attempt to complete a project over about 1 year or more.  Less time is typically not enough to complete a translational research project.  

This lab is particularly interested in mentoring: Undergrads from backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM, Undergrads without previous exposure to laboratory research, Undergrads from local community colleges

How to apply: Contact Dr. Pepper (

Project information: As a surgeon who treats facial paralysis, I seek new treatments that can enhance nerve regeneration after injury or replace injured nerve tissue.  We have an exciting strategy that addresses both of these issues.  First, we have identified a molecular signaling pathway that can be modulated to enhance nerve regeneration after injury in the mouse.  Second, we have the ability to create custom nerve replacement scaffolds in collaboration with our adjacent collaborators from the Skylar-Scott Lab.  This is a unique opportunity for students interested in bench-to-bedside research, medicine/surgery, and 3D printing.  Prior wet lab experience is preferred but not absolutely required.