Undergraduate Research Assistants Needed for Swine Influenza Research Project

University of Florida Department of Animal Sciences faculty, Dr. John Driver, is seeking volunteer undergraduate research assistants for swine influenza research project. Volunteers are needed throughout the 2017 year – including summer. 

Currently, Dr. Driver is investigating the role of immune cells, called NKT, in protecting pigs against influenza infections.

  • Research duties would include:
    • Performing influenza challenge studies with piglets
    • Taking blood samples, nasal swabs, body weights, body temperatures
    • Performing necropsies 
    • Processing tissue samples
    • Performing artificial insemination for breeding gilts and sows
    • Performing lab assays, including ELISA, flow cytometry, and real-time PCR

  • Students must meet the following epectations:
    • Enthusiastic and committed undergraduates with an interest in large animal infectious disease research
    • Able to complete online biosecurity level 2 course work and receive an influenza vaccine
    • Able to handle piglets under biosecurity level 2 conditions, which can be physically demanding
    • Previous lab and animal experience is preferred, but not required

For more information and to apply, please send an email and attach a resume to Dr. Driver at jdriver@ufl.edu


Posted: February 23, 2017


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