Research topics include examining different aspects of diseases to better understand solutions. For example:
Investigate how viruses like the common cold fool the immune system
Observe what happens in cell function when a carrier has a genetic condition such as polycystic kidney disease
Study how manipulating human cells changes immune responses
Investigate how bacteria can be used to produce medicine
Explore how microbes clean toxic waste
Attend national and regional meetings of professional organizations. Present your research findings. Meet potential employers and graduate students from other universities.
Graduate and Professional Student Association: Gain leadership experience and represent your department in UI student government.
Life Sciences Club: Teach lab techniques to school children, learn about internships, and meet experts in the field. Take trips to biotech companies, laboratories, breweries, wineries, research centers, and hot springs.
UI Environmental Club: See what you and others can do to live more sustainably.
Annual Student Research Expo: Compete for cash prizes awarded for graduate research presentations.
College of Graduate Studies Awards: Share in the annual recognition of graduate students engaged in outstanding teaching, research, leadership, and mentoring.
Gain hands-on experiences like these:
Teaching Assistant: Work directly with students. Teach fundamental laboratory skills such as how to purify a protein, determine the structure of a lipid, or grow a culture of cells. Explain and demonstrate key cellular processes such as DNA replication, protein secretion, energy metabolism, and immune responses. Grade papers and exams. Positions are paid.
Research Assistant: Help professors with grant-funded research. For example, collect data on the ability of virus-infected cells to repair DNA, the relationship between protein flexibility and biological function, or how the genetic makeup of crops influences nutritional value. Positions are paid.
International collaboration: Travel to use special equipment or understand an issue from a new perspective. For example, use a unique high-powered microscope in Vancouver, Canada to observe the movement of fluorescent proteins or exchange information with scientists in a country like Sweden.
Volunteer: Give back and gain new experiences. Assist hospital medical staff as they care for patients. Treat sick pets at a veterinary clinic. Work at a clinic in a developing country.