Office of Undergraduate Research

Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Immune Responses (3-Credit Course))

The focus of this project is to better understand the nature of protective immune responses to simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIV) in primates, looking for clues to protective immunity in humans infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This will be an independent study designed to expose the student to the area of research. At the end of the course, students usually present their work in the College of Health Sciences Symposium. If interested, please contact Dr. Hassan at

Tasks and responsibilities:

The student will isolate certain white blood cells from whole blood, stain them with a variety of antibodies, stimulate these cells in vitro, and possibly do some molecular techniques. The student will be exposed to flow cytometry including understanding the principle, watching the actual machine run samples, and doing data analysis him/herself using a specialized software (FlowJo).