B.Sc. Honors Student Position
Department of Biology and Biochemistry, Bishop’s University
The Weraduwage Lab in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, Bishop’s University, focuses on discovering strategies to enhance plant growth, productivity and resilience to stress under future climate conditions. They are seeking an undergraduate student enrolled in the BSc Major BIO (Biodiversity Ecology), BSc Major BIO (Health Sciences) or BSc Major Biochemistry programs at Bishop’s University to carry out a B.Sc. Honors research project.
Improving pollen viability and crop productivity under heat stress by enhancing the anabolic flux of the tricarboxylic acid cycle. The goal of the proposed study is to address the issue of reduced viability and germination of pollen in plants under heat stress. The selected student will test whether enhanced carbon flux through the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle of the mitochondrial respiratory pathway can enhance the supply of energy and precursors for lipid, sporopollenin, proline and protein biosynthesis in developing pollen under heat stress. Some parts of the research will be carried out at the University of Sherbrooke. The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Weraduwage, Dr. Levac and Dr. Peros.
The student participating in this project will gain experience in:
• Growth and maintenance of Arabidopsis, the model plant of genetics
• Growing plants under controlled environmental conditions
• Extraction and quantification of metabolites including starch, sucrose, TCA-cycle intermediates, lipids and amino acids in plants • Measurement of pollen viability and pollen count (light microscopy)
• Determination of pollen wall composition • Electron microscopy to study the effect of heat stress on pollen wall The student will receive personalized training on all aspects of scientific research (hypothesis generation, experimental design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, data visualization and presentation)
• Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program (part-time or full-time) at Bishop’s University and be close to or in their final year.
• Both domestic and international students may apply.
• Students should be majoring in: BSc Major BIO (Biodiversity Ecology), BSc Major BIO (Health Sciences) or BSc Major Biochemistry.
If you are interested, please email your application to Dr. Weraduwage (sweraduw@ubishops. ca). Your application should include the following:
1. Current CV which should mention your current GPA
3. A short personal statement (maximum 1 page) that highlights why you are interested in participating in this summer research internship, your academic and career interests and goals, and how participating in this B.Sc. Honors research project would help you achieve those goals.
• Applications are due by September 10th, 2023, 11 pm (ET).
• Start date - September, 2023
Bishop’s University implements an equal access employment / program under the Act respecting equal access to employment in public bodies and welcomes applicants who are committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and who will assist us expand our capacity for diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including Indigenous peoples, visible and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women and LGBTQ2+