'Viability Studies on HeLa and HeLa-R in the Presence of Green Tea Catechins' - CHEM 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Please print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, as applicable, from "Supervisor's Name" to "Ethics, safety, and training". Please sign and date near the bottom ("Supervisor's signature").

INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may simply print this webpage. Either way, print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, from "Student's Name" to "Student's Level", and sign ("Student signature"). Ask your supervisor to sign her/his section near the bottom. Take it to the department* corresponding to the course number in Section A; this may or may not be your own department. (* EXCEPTIONS: For NSCI 396 and COGS 396, please bring it to the Interdisciplinary Programs Adviser in Dawson Hall.) Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission. Have a discussion with your supervisor about time/work expectations, keeping in mind that this is a 3-credit course (roughly, 10 hours per week for 12 weeks). Remember that a '396' course is an elective.

INSTRUCTIONS - DEPARTMENTS: After the unit chair/director/designate approves (or not) this project, please notify student. If approved, please give student permission to register on Minerva, and send a copy of this form (with signatures) to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science (either fax, or internal mail to Dawson Hall 408-A, or PDF scan + email).

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Supervisor's Name: Janine Mauzeroll

Supervisor's Email: janine.mauzeroll [at] mcgill.ca

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Supervisor's department: Chemistry

Course number: CHEM 396 (Chemistry)

Term: Summer 2013

Project start date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Project end date: Sunday, June 30, 2013

Project title: Viability Studies on HeLa and HeLa-R in the Presence of Green Tea Catechins

Project description:

The principle objective of this summer project is the investigation of the influence of green tea catechins on the viability of adenocarcinoma cervical cancer cells (HeLa) and a multidrug resistant variant (HeLa-R). Several catechins are known for their chemopreventive and therapeutic effects on cancer by inducing apoptosis, inhibiting proliferation and functioning as an antioxidant in a wide range of tumor cell-lines. These proposed preliminary studies will allow further detailed metabolic studies of cancer cells in the presence of green tea catechins by electrochemical methods, such as Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy.

HeLa and HeLa-R cells will be incubated in culture medium containing different concentrations of 4 catechins, namely Epicatechin (EC), Epigallocatechin (EGC), Epicatechin-3-gallate (ECG) and Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Concentrations ranging from 5 uM to 100 uM will be tested over incubation periods of 2 h, 4 h, 6 h and 24 h. Cell viability will be evaluated using a cell counting method and Trypan Blue staining. Thorough statistical analysis will be performed in order to find a suitable catechin concentration that allows observation of metabolic changes in cancer cells without causing cell death.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Laboratory Performance 40%; 2 Oral Presentations during Research Group Meetings 10%; Final Report 50%.

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

How students can apply: N/A; this project is filled.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: Biohazardous substances; Handling chemicals.

Student's Name:

Student's McGill ID:

Student's McGill Email:

Student's Phone:

Student's Program:

Student's Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):

Student's signature - I certify that this course is with a different supervisor and on a different topic than any previous '396' course I have taken. I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:

Supervisor's signature - I give my permission for the student identified above to register for this project under my supervision:


Unit chair/director/designate's name:

Unit chair/director/designate's signature - I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses: