Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Fill out Sections A & B then submit this form online. (You will receive an email copy of the form. The Office for Undergraduate Research in Science will also post the project online, indicating whether the project is open for students to apply or taken.) DONE

INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it after it has been posted. Either way, print this form. Complete and sign Section C on the hardcopy. Ask your supervisor to sign Section D. Take it to the department corresponding to the course number in Section A (this may or may not be your own department). Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission.

INSTRUCTIONS - DEPARTMENTS: After the unit chair/director/designate approves (or not) this project, notify student. If approved, please give student permission to register on Minerva, and fax this form (with signatures) to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science at 514-398-8102.

QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact Victor Chisholm by email, or phone 514-398-5964.

SECTION A: SUPERVISOR INFORMATION
Name: Pejmun Haghighi
Email: pejmun.haghighi [at] mcgill.ca
Phone: 8985
Website:  
Supervisor's department: Physiology
Supervisor's department (if none of the above)  
Course number: PHGY396 (Physiology)
SECTION B: PROJECT INFORMATION
Term: Winter 2008-2009
Project start date: January 5, 2009
Project end date: April 14, 2009
Project title: Regulation of synaptic plasticity at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction
Project description: Accumulating evidence suggests that synaptic plasticity is affected in Parkinson disease. We know little about the molecular mechanisms that define these defects. We are taking advantage of the Drosophila neuromuscular junction to study the role of Parkinson gene homologues in synaptic plasticity. We hypothesize that Parkinson related genes participate in the regulation of synaptic structure. We will assess the result of loss of Drosophila homologues at the Neuromuscular junction of Drosophila larvae, using immunohistochemistry in different mutant combinations. In addition, the presynaptic vs. postsynaptic requirements will be assessed by tissue-specific transgenic expression in mutants. These results will provide insight into the molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and will ultimately help us design better therapeutic approaches for Parkinson disease.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Other prerequisite, if applicable:  
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% Final report and 50% laboratory
Other project information:
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.
If other, please specify:  
Ethics, safety, and training
Which of the following, if any, is involved? One or more of the following
Animal subjects [ ]
Human subjects [ ]
Biohazardous substances [x]
Radioactive materials [ ]
Handling chemicals [ ]
Using lasers [ ]
Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students.
SECTION C: STUDENT INFORMATION
Do not complete this section unless/until the student is identified.
Name:
McGill ID:
Email (first.last [at] mail.mcgill.ca):  
Phone:  
Program (E.g., B.Sc. Maj. Chem. Min. Biol.):  
Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):
Student signature - I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:  
SECTION D: APPROVALS.
Do not complete this section unless/until the student is identified.
Supervisor: I give my permission for the student identified in section C to register for this project under my supervision.
Supervisor's signature:  
Date:  
Unit chair/director/designate: I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses.
Unit chair/director/designate's name:  
Unit chair/director/designate's signature:  
Date: