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 download it after it has been posted here. 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: Jason Young
Supervisor's Email: jason [dot] young2 [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Supervisor's Phone: 514-398-2006
Supervisor's department: Biochemistry
Course number: BIOC 396 (Biochemistry)
Term: Winter 2013-2014
Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014
Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Project title: Effects of Hsp70 mutations on function and CFTR trafficking
Project description (50-100 words suggested): Cystic Fibrosis is a genetically driven disease with no known cure, and an ongoing medical challenge. The disease is caused by loss of function of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator, CFTR, a chloride channel critical to maintaining hydration in the lung airways and pancreas. Mutations in CFTR cause it to become misfolded and degraded at the endoplasmic reticulum, instead of trafficking to the cell surface to function. Surprisingly little is known about the chaperone mechanisms that assist wild-type and mutant CFTR folding, particularly by the essential chaperone Hsp70. Our project will characterize mutants of Hsp70 expected to have defects in various biochemical mechanisms, to determine effects on Hsp70 function and CFTR trafficking.
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): 50% report, 50% performance
Project status: This project is taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.
Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.