Apodaca Lab Training Opportunities and Environment

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The Apodaca laboratory:
Our laboratory provides a dynamic and exciting environment for predoctoral (Ph.D.) and postdoctoral training. In addition to obtaining instruction at the benchtop, trainees participate in weekly research seminars, lab meetings, a cell biology journal club, the annual Local Traffic symposium on intracellular membrane traffic, and national meetings. Furthermore, trainees interface with a large group of investigators interested in membrane traffic, epithelial biology, and bladder physiology here at the University of Pittsburgh. See our Environment page to learn more about the City of Pittsburgh, the University, and the Apodaca lab.

Ph.D. Training:
Prospective students interested in Ph.D. training are encouraged to apply to the following Ph.D. training programs: 

The Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program (www.gradbiomed.pitt.edu), with an emphasis in Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology (www.cbmp.pitt.edu). 

Integrative Systems Biology (www.isb.pitt.edu).

Students interested in laboratory rotations can learn the following techniques:
Quantitative confocal and electron microscopy, cell culture, use of zebrafish as a model organism, use of animal models to study tissues ex vivo and in vivo, biochemistry, assays of endocytosis, postendocytic fate, and biosynthetic delivery, measurement of protein-protein interactions, protein purification, mutagenesis of DNA and transfection/transduction of polarized cells including use of in vivo methods, reconstitution of membrane traffic in streptolysin-O permeabilized and mechanically perforated cells, and electrophysiological methods to analyze membrane traffic. 

Post-Doctoral Training:
The training of post-doctoral fellows for independent research careers is a major goal of the laboratory. Applicants with prior training in cell, molecular, or developmental biology or biochemistry are particularly encouraged to apply. To apply for a post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory, please provide: A detailed curriculum vitae that includes training and degrees (include pending degrees); a list of papers published, in press, and in preparation; a statement of citizenship, permanent residency, or Visa status; and the names and addresses of at least 3 referees. Please also include a statement of your reason for interest in the lab and your goals for a post-doctoral fellowship.

An important skill that all trainees must learn is how to write a successful research grant. The following lab members (past and present) have been awarded competitive research fellowships:
Puneet Khandelwal - fellowships from the National Kidney Foundation and American Heart Association
Luciana Gallo - fellowship from the American Heart Association
Asli Oztan - fellowship from the American Heart Association
Elena Balestreire-Hawryluk - NRSA from the National Institutes of Health
Christine Rondanino - fellowship from the American Heart Association
Weiqun Yu - fellowship from the American Heart Association
Raul Rojas - fellowship from the American Heart Association

Trainees in my laboratory are eligible to apply for an NIH T32 grant-sponsored training fellowship. In addition, pre-doctoral students can participate as a teaching assistant in medical school tissue courses and labs.

Undergraduate research training:
The Apodaca laboratory also participates in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Click here to learn more about this program.

Use our contact page to get additional information about any of our training opportunities.