1 2023 Vitalant Research Institute-Summer Internship Program Job in San Francisco, CA

Vitalant Research Institute
San Francisco, CA | Temporary | Intern
$87k-111k (estimate)
1 Week Ago
2023 Vitalant Research Institute-Summer Internship Program
$87k-111k (estimate)
Temporary | Intern 1 Week Ago

VITALANT RESEARCH INSTITUTE is Hiring a 2023 Vitalant Research Institute-Summer Internship Program Near San Francisco, CA

Vitalant Research Institute (VRI) in San Francisco, an affiliate of the University of California, San Francisco, has openings for full-time 8-week paid summer internship positions beginning June 19 through August 11, 2023. Selected students are eligible for a $4,000 stipend for the successful completion of the 8-week program. Students will participate in seminars, presentations, and institutional events.

Candidates are required to be enrolled in an educational institution (must be matriculated in semester before or after summer 2023, work in a team environment, set priorities, and devote full time to this training experience. Candidates must also have effective oral and written communication skills and be self-motivated with good organizational skills.

The Summer Internship Program at VRI provides undergraduate and master’s students the opportunity to participate in research in the areas of transfusion medicine and cellular therapy through pairing with an investigator/mentor in one of the following research areas:

  • A summer internship is available in the Immunology Laboratory of Dr. Philip Norris. Ongoing research projects focus on the molecular mechanisms of HIV and COVID-19 pathogenesis, with special emphasis on novel mechanisms of immune signaling mediated by extracellular vesicles in disease states. The summer project will focus on optimizing methods to determine the effect of extracellular vesicles derived from COVID-19 individuals in mediating immune responses leading to inflammatory cell death in endothelial cells an in vitro model. 
  • A summer internship is available in the laboratory of Dr. Satish Pillai to investigate the molecular biology and pathogenesis of HIV/AIDS from an evolutionary perspective. Ongoing projects in our lab include studies of host and viral factors involved in the maintenance of HIV latency, which is the principal obstacle to a cure for HIV infection. Projects will involve learning cell culture, flow cytometry, next-generation sequencing, and gene editing techniques to study the virus-host interface.
  • A summer internship is available in the cell biology laboratory of Dr. Marcus Muench. Will use cells and progenitors isolated form human tissues. The project will involve testing the differentiation of these cells in various in vitro and in vivo systems. The internship will offer the opportunity to learn basic laboratory skills in cell culture, flow cytometry, and work with xenogeneic transplant models. Basic concepts in stem cell biology, hematology, and developmental biology will be taught. Applicants must be willing to work with human pathology specimens, transplant models and be willing to handle potentially infectious agents
  •  A summer internship is available assisting Dr. Shana Hughes, PhD, MPH, with several projects focused on understanding motivations among blood donors. Shana is an applied medical anthropologist, currently engaged in formative qualitative and “mixed methods” research on this topic. Responsibilities will vary depending on the intern’s background (ideally pursuing a master’s degree in a social science discipline but advanced undergrad also considered) but may include assisting with qualitative data collection, management, and analysis for studies in the US and South Africa, and supporting a focused literature review. 
  • A summer internship is available in the laboratory of Dr. Rachael Jackman. Our lab studies the immunology of blood transfusion and uses animal models to evaluate immune responses to transfusion such as alloimmunization and rejection. Interns will have the opportunity to learn mouse handling, flow cytometry, and other lab skills along with basic concepts in immunology. 

2023 Application and Deadline-April 14, 2023

Applications can be found on the Careers page of our Vitalant Research Institute website. 

Please download the application and submit it with a letter of interest, and a copy of your college transcript (optional*).

*If you choose to send your transcripts, unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable.

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$87k-111k (estimate)










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