Sample EXROP Research Projects

View 2018 EXROP mentors and their project ideas in the table below. Click on the Project Title links for more information on the potential projects. Click on the Scientist Name to visit the scientist's HHMI page.

Scientist

Institution

Project Title

University of California - San Diego
University of Wisconsin-Madison
California Institute of Technology
Columbia University
Michel Bagnat Duke University Organism-wide nutrient sensing by a specialized population of enterocytes
University of Washington
Emily Balskus Harvard University Understanding xenobiotic metabolism by the human gut microbiota
James Bardwell University of Michigan Chaperone Discovery 1
James Bardwell University of Michigan Chaperone Discovery 2
Rice University
Diana Bautista University of California Berkeley Dissecting the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying itch and pain
Stephen P. Bell Massachusetts Institute of Technology Identification and Characterization of Nanobodies that Inhibit DNA Replication
Baylor College of Medicine
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
The Rockefeller University
Jesse Bloom Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Mapping evolutionary pathways of viral antibody escape
University of Texas at Austin
Pennsylvania State University
University of California - San Francisco
Stanford University
Kevin Campbell University of Iowa Gene transfer studies to treat muscular dystrophy in mice
Thomas Cech University of Colorado Boulder Studies on Telomerase and Other Noncoding RNPs
Harvard Medical School
Harvard Medical School
Harvard Medical School
University of Michigan
Yale University
The cell biology of metabolism at synapses
University of Oregon
Victoria D'Souza Harvard University Understanding transcriptional transactivation in human immunodeficiency virus-1
Yang Dan University of California - Berkeley Neural circuits controlling sleep
Yang Dan University of California - Berkeley Prefrontal cortical circuit for behavioral control
University of California - Berkeley
University of California - Berkeley
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvard University
University of Washington
California Institute of Technology
Michael Elowitz California Institute of Technology MEMOIR: recording past molecular events in the genomes of individual mammalian cells
Michael Elowitz California Institute of Technology Mammalian-cell population control with synthetic paradoxical signaling
Boston Children's Hospital 
Irving Epstein Brandeis University Pulse-Coupled Chemical Oscillators as a Model for Neural Networks
University of Washington
Yale University
New York University School of Medicine
University of Michigan
University of Michigan
Yale University
University of California - San Diego
Columbia University
Columbia University
University of California - San Diego
Oregon Health and Science University
Michael Green University of Massachusetts Medical School Genome-Wide RNA Interference Screens to Identify Factors Involved in Cancer Initiation and Progression
Chenghua Gu Harvard Medical School Molecular mechanisms underlying the function and regulation of the blood-brain barrier
Taekjip Ha Johns Hopkins University Mechanobiology of stem cells and cancer cells at the single molecule level
University of Colorado at Boulder
Harvard Medical School
Harvard Medical School
Elizabeth Haswell Washington University in St. Louis Mechanosensitive Ion Channels as Translators of the Cell 
Michigan State University
Ekaterina (Katya) Heldwein, PhD Tufts University School of Medicine Structural biology of herpesviruses
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Columbia University
Harvard University
André Hoelz, PhD California Institute of Technology Structure-function analysis of proteinaceous mega assemblies
University of California - Davis
University of California - Davis
University of California - Davis
Darrell Irvine, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology Immune System Bioengineering
Tyler Jacks, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cancer Genetics and Development
William Jacobs Jr., PhD Albert Einstein College of Medicine Fighting Fire with Fire: Harnessing ADCC immunity elicited by HSV-2 ΔgD to protect against pandemic diseases
Yale University
University of California - San Francisco
Janelia Research Campus
Washington University in St. Louis
Jackson Lab
Jackson Lab
University of California - Los Angeles
Columbia University
Columbia University
The Scripps Research Institute
University of California - Berkeley
University of California - Berkeley
University of California - Berkeley
Michael Laub
Masachusetts Institute of Technology
Stephen Liberles Harvard Medical School
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Cornell University
Dan Littman New York University Characterization of Human Dendritic Cell Subsets Susceptible to Infection with HIV-1
Dan Littman New York University Identify Effector Functions of Th17-Inducing Segmented Filamentous Bacteria
Stavros Lommvardes Columbia University Deciphering how nuclear architecture governs monogenic and monoallelic olfactory receptor gene regulation
Loren Looger Janelia Research Campus Engineering for neuroscience applications
Karolin Luger University of Colorado Boulder Decoding the centromere
Karolin Luger University of Colorado Boulder Irresistible force meets immovable object: transcription through the nucleosome
David Lynn Emory University Alternative Chemistries of Life
Emory University
John MacMicking Yale University Characterizing new human immune proteins that control infection
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
California Institute of Technology
Harvard Medical school
Mala Murthy Princeton University Neural Mechanisms of Acoustic Communication in Drosophila
Celeste Nelson Princeton University Quantitative imaging analysis of tissue differentiation and lung development
Jennifer Nemhauser Univeristy of Washington Building tools to track and manipulate cell fate in plants
California Institute of Technology
Jacquin Niles Massachusetts Institute of Technology Synthetic Devices for Studying Transcriptional Control in Malaria Parasites
Krishna Niyogi University of California, Berkeley Biogenesis and Assembly of Photosynthetic Membrane Complexes
Evgeny Nudler New York University Turning an antibiotic from bacteriostatic to bactericidal
Benjamin Ohlstein Columbia University Medical Center Novel Mechanisms Regulating Intestinal Stem Cell Number
Baldomero Olivera University of Utah Discovery of Natural Products That Affect Catecholamine Transporters
University of California - Los Angeles
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin
Harvard Medical School
Harvard Medical School
Samuel Pfaff The Salk Institute for Biological Studies Molecular characterization of peripheral neuropathies and spinal cord disease
University of California - Berkeley
Harvard Medical School
Michael Reiser Janelia Research Campus Visual place learning in flies using optogenetics
Janelia Research Campus
Rice University
Brandeis University
Brandeis University
Brandeis University
Michael Rosenfeld University of California, San Diego School of Medicine Mechanisms of Regulated Gene Transcription in Development, Health and Disease
Carla Rothlin Yale University What happens after cells die?
University of Utah
Bernardo Sabatini Harvard Medical School The circuitry behind action selection in the mouse
Pardis Sabeti Harvard University Characterization of Host RNA Editing Enzymes Acting on Ebola Virus RNA
Pardis Sabeti Harvard University Validation of functional CTCF deletions from large scale non-coding CRISPR screen
University of California - San Diego
University of California - San Diego
University of California - San Diego
Stanford University
Harvard College
Harvard College
Columbia University
University of Washington
Janelia Research Campus
Stanford University
Yale University
David Stern Janelia Research Campus The causes and consequences of female courtship song in Drosophila teissieri
Stanford University
University of Maryland, Baltimore County 
University of Maryland, Baltimore County 
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 
Robert Tijian University of California - Berkeley Tracking the dynamic behavior of transcription factors my single molecule live cell imaging and in vitro biochemistry
University of California - Berkeley
Matthew Vander Heiden Massachusetts Institute of Technology Understanding metabolic interactions in cancer
Gia Voeltz University of Colorado Boulder
Matthew Waldor Brigham and Women's Hospital Cell Biology and Virulence of Enteric Pathogens
Massachusetts General Hospital 
Massachusetts General Hospital 
Massachusetts General Hospital 
Boston Children's Hospital
Tufts University
Tufts University
Johannes Walter
Harvard Medical School
Peter Walter University of California-San Francisco The Biogenesis and Function of Intracellular Organelles
Jue Jade Wang University of Wisconsin-Madison Building an Atlas of the metabolome-proteome response to stress
Meng Wang
Boston Children's Hospital
Louisiana State University
Louisiana State University
Boston University
Stanford University
Marta Ziatic Janelia Research Campus Neural circuit mechanisms of memory-based decision-making
Baylor College of Medicine
Boston Children's Hospital
Columbia University