If you are motivated to think yourself into challenging topics and to get to know modern laboratory techniques, then apply to us. We offer you the opportunity to take a look at current research topics and become active yourself.

Poster presentation of the project work at the Dies academicus, Photo: Uwe Müller

Projects for project students

As part of the veterinary medicine degree programme, a scientific project work must also be completed around the 8th semester. The project work covers a period of four weeks full-time at the Institute of Immunology. In addition, a project-specific publication must be worked on in preparation for the topic and the most important contents must be presented in a PowerPoint presentation to the supervising person and the head of the institute. 

In this context, the institute offers project work on current research projects in order to gain insights into the state of research. In the process, demanding laboratory work is carried out and one can get to know modern analytical methods relating to the immune response or genetics. The project work can be completed alone or in groups of two, whereby each student is given a separate sub-area to work on. Through intensive supervision by an experienced scientist, the project students learn scientifically correct work in current research projects, the conscientious keeping of a laboratory notebook and the preparation of an informative poster, which is obligatory. Within the framework of the dies academicus, the project students of the respective year come together and can discuss their results among themselves and present them to the research committee, which selects the best of the presented project works and awards them prizes. If you are interested in working on a project at the Institute of Immunology, take a look at the currently advertised projects.

 

Project work (PD Dr. Uwe Müller):

(i) Immunology:
- Studies on the B-cell response in pigs.
 - Comparison of B cell repertoires of pigs of different ages
 - activation pattern depending on the stimulus

(ii) Genetics:
- Determination of health status of dog breeds using questionnaires.
 - Literature research on known (genetic) diseases of the selected dog breed
 - creation of online questionnaires on the different organ systems of the dog
 - subsequent statistical analysis of the data

If you are interested, please contact

PD Dr. Uwe Müller

BBZ - Deutscher Platz 5

Tel. 0341/97-31224

E-Mail: u.mueller(at)vetmed.uni-leipzig.de

Dr. Maria Eschke offers project work in the context of her research on canine T cells. If you are interested in this topic, please contact Dr. Eschke.

If you are interested in a project work dealing with T cells in dogs, please contact

Dr. Maria Eschke

BBZ - Deutscher Platz 5

Tel. 0341/97-31224

E-Mail: maria.eschke(at)vetmed.uni-leipzig.de

Dr. Protschka offers project work with a focus on "Molecular Genetic Methods in Current Research Projects".

(1) Establishment/optimization of RT-qPCR for the detection of gene expression at RNA level in murine / canine / porcine tissue   

Methods:

    Primer Generation with Primer Blast (NCBI)
    RNA Isolation
    DNAse digestion
    reverse transcription
    RT-qPCR
    Evaluation of the data with Excel/Graph Pad


(2) Establishment/optimization of immunohistological detection of protein expression in murine / canine / porcine tissue   

Methods:

    Preparation of tissue sections (cryo/paraffin)
    Comparison of different fixation methods
    antigen demasking
    Optimization of antibody concentration
    Signal amplification with Biotin/Streptavidin

If you are interested, please contact

Dr. Martina Protschka

BBZ - Deutscher Platz 5

Tel. 0341/97-31226

E-Mail: martina.protschka(at)vetmed.uni-leipzig.de

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