'Theory of DNA Conformations and Dynamics' - PHYS 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Sabrina Leslie

Supervisor's Email: sabrina.leslie [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone:

Supervisor's Website: http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/~leslielab/

Supervisor's department: Physics

Course number: PHYS 396 (Physics)

Term: Fall 2013-2014

Project start date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Project end date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Project title: Theory of DNA Conformations and Dynamics

Project description (50-100 words suggested):

This project focuses on the 

theory of polymers, such as DNA molecules. An analytic and numerical treatment of the conformations and diffusion of polymers, under a continuum of applied confinement, will be developed. This theory will be used to understand existing data (fluorescence images of freely diffusing DNA molecules). Through this work, the student will receive training in analytic theory, numerical simulations, and quantitative data analysis. The student will be directly supervised by Dr. Sabrina Leslie (McGill Physics) and work in a collaborative research environment. This project is reserved for a specific student already.

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, 25% presentation, 25% lab book.

Project status: This project is taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.

How students can apply: Email sabrina.leslie [at] mcgill.ca with your transcript and CV attached, and with a statement of interest in this or other projects.

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.