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Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunities

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Undergraduate Research Assistants needed

Title: The Psychosocial Adjustment, NeuroDevelopment and Autism (PANDA) Lab

Project/position description: Our main goal is to understand emotional and social adjustment in individuals with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder, including testing and improving access to related evidence-based practices.

Qualifications required/preferred:  Compassion, dependability, professional presentation, and attention to detail required. Reliable travel to clinic (3110 Prices Fork Rd, Blacksburg) is required. Knowledge of SPSS and RedCAP preferred, but not necessary.

Contact:  Angela Scarpa, Ph.D. at  

To Apply: Email your resume and personal statement of interest to Dr. Scarpa.

Recruiting now for Fall semester.  


Undergraduate Research Assistants

The Finkielstein Lab: The role of melatonin in the regulation of circadian rhythms and in sleep disorders

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Va. Tech

Project/position description: The main goal of this project is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms that control melatonin signaling in cells of the nervous system and peripheral organs. Melatonin‐based therapy would likely be approved for the treatment of neurodevelopmentally‐challenged children and thus, identifying all regulatory players involved in signaling are of utmost importance. Students will work at the interface of different disciplines to better understand how gene expression is controlled by the melatonin-axis acting on circadian factors.

Qualifications required/preferred:  Knowledge of biochemistry and cell and molecular biology are required. Bench experienced is preferable but not necessary.

Contact:  Carla Finkielstein, PhD at   

End date for application: accepted on a rolling basis




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