Research Assistantships, North and South Dakota State Universities
Research Assistantships Available:
Three research assistantships are
available for students to pursue their doctoral studies, two based at
North Dakota State University (NDSU), Fargo, ND, and one based at
South Dakota State University (SDSU), Brookings, SD. Funding is
available for 3 years starting immediately, subject to adequate
student performance. Additional support may be available depending on
funding availability and project performance. The students will join
the Civil Engineering, Materials and Nanotechnology program, or the
Environmental Conservation Sciences program at NDSU, or the Plant
Sciences program at SDSU.
Candidates with MS degrees in any field
of science and engineering can apply. Experience and background in
the specific areas related to the project will be an advantage but
not necessary, and candidates should be prepared to learn and work in
new areas, outside their present educational and research
backgrounds. Students with computer science background who want to
pursue a degree in bioinformatics related areas are encouraged to
apply for the SDSU position.
The goal of the collaborative research project is to understand the molecular level interactions of two specific engineered nanomaterials (zinc oxide and carbon nanotube) with crop plants through in-vivo, in-vitro, genetic, genomic, and molecular modeling experiments, and relate the information to food security. This project will greatly improve the understanding of the mechanisms underlying plant uptake of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) and their fate and transport within the plants. The main focus of this research will be on spinach (Spinacea oleracea). In addition, uptake and translocation of nanoparticles in rice (Oryza sativa) will also be studied. Understanding the mechanisms of uptake, and fate and transport will help us assess the threats to food security from ENPs and in developing methods to prevent negative impacts of ENPs.
Specific objectives of this project are:
Study of uptake and translocation of ENPs in two, very different crops: spinach (dryland, dicot) and rice (wetland, monocot)
Establishing relationships between macro-level or whole plant behaviors (uptake and translocation) of ENPs with molecular level (genomic) responses
Study of interactions of ENPs and plant cells and correlate the findings with molecular level experimental and modeling data
Characterizing the ENPs at various stages during plant uptake and during internalization by plant cells
Investigating the effects of ENPs at the genomic level in plants
(6) Development of molecular
level models to predict the impacts of ENPs on plants
Work Environment: The students will work in an interdisciplinary environment with reputed researchers at NDSU and SDSU. The NDSU researchers involved in this project include: Drs. Dinesh Katti (email@example.com), Kalpana Katti (firstname.lastname@example.org), Marinus Otte (email@example.com), Donna Jacob (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Achintya Bezbaruah<mailto:email@example.com>. Dr. Jose Gonzalez<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> will lead the research efforts at SDSU.
Contact Information: Please send enquiries to Dr. Achintya Bezbaruah (PI): email@example.com / 701-231-7461. Those interested in the opportunity at SDSU should contact Dr. Jose L. Gonzalez (firstname.lastname@example.org).