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Looking for students with python/MATLAB coding experience to work in Y-lab studying neuroscience/neurological diseases

Looking for students with python/MATLAB coding experience to work in Y-lab studying neuroscience/neurological diseases. Y-lab at College of Pharmacy, led by Dr. Yang Yang, studies human neurological diseases including epilepsy and autism, using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) models and transgenic rodent models. Y-lab is looking for highly motivated students to work in the lab and contribute to our research mission.

Y-lab is particularly interested in students with excellent coding and programming skills who feel comfortable dealing with big biological data. Big data sets (e.g., neuronal activity/action potential spikes data similar to data from Elon Musk’s Neuralink) will be provided and students are expected to write codes to process the complex data and generate insights.

Before applying, you are advised to check out the following paper and links to GitHub codes. Please get a feeling if you are interested in this type of research. One goal of this research position is to modify or write similar codes to analyze new datasets generated from the Y-lab. Training will be provided to help students understand the biological meaning of the datasets.

Peters AJ, Fabre JMJ, Steinmetz NA, Harris KD, Carandini M. Striatal activity topographically reflects cortical activity. Nature. 2021 Mar;591(7850):420-425. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-03166-8. Epub 2021 Jan 20. PMID: 33473213. https://github.com/petersaj/Peters_et_al_Nature_2021  https://github.com/Julie-Fabre/bombcell

Preferences will be given to students who are committed to spend at least 10 hours per week and work for at least two semesters or more. Students who have strong curiosity and motivation, and who plan to work in the lab after graduation for a period of time before going to graduate or professional schools are especially welcomed.

Researchers may join the lab for an hourly wage or may arrange for independent course credit with Dr. Yang. Research credit hours may also be eligible for honors credit.

Y-lab is located at Hall for Discovery and Learning Research (DLR) 3rd floor (Dr. Yang’s office, DLR 336). To apply, please send inquires to Dr. Yang Yang (yangyang@purdue.edu). Interviews will be conducted around the beginning or middle of October. More information about Dr. Yang Yang’s research can be found on the following webpage: https://www.yangyanglab.org/

Last Updated: Oct 6, 2021 10:43 AM

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