Decoding the signaling pathways of the cellular stress response - PHGY 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Ursula Stochaj

Supervisor's Email: ursula.stochaj [at]

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Supervisor's department: Physiology

Course number: PHGY 396 (Physiology)

Term: Fall 2014-2015

Project start date: September 2, 2014

Project end date: December 4, 2014

Project title: Decoding the signaling pathways of the cellular stress response

Project description (50-100 words suggested): The stress response is a critical factor for many diseases and pathologies, such as cancer and stroke. It is also essential for the survival of harmful environmental conditions. Upon stress, cells stop protein synthesis to reallocate energy to survival pathways. At the same time, repair processes are initiated to minimize stress-induced damage. These protective mechanisms are linked to changes in cell signaling. It is the aim of this project to identify and characterize novel signaling pathways that control the stress response in mammalian cells.

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): Final written report: 50% ; Laboratory performance: 50%

Project status: This project is taken, however students may contact Prof. Stochaj if they want to work on the project during the winter semester 2015.

How students can apply / Next steps: Please contact me by e-mail, include your transcript.

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