Volunteer Opportunity in a Plant Biology Laboratory @ Salk Institute

Candidate profile: Looking for a motivated and responsible student who gets excited about addressing scientific questions. Completed basic biology and chemistry courses are preferred but not required.

Project: This project involves working with the best-studied model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana. The primary goal of this research is to develop a protocol to capture proteins associated with a certain genomic region, which is termed Proteomics of Isolated Chromatin fragments (PICh). The intended length of the volunteer role is 4 months.

Position: This is a volunteer opportunity where the volunteer will learn how to grow plants, isolate nuclei, and characterize proteins by SDS-PAGE mass spectrometry analysis. The volunteer will learn how to prepare media and soil for plant growth, harvest and flash-freeze plant tissue, isolate nuclei, and Western Blot. The volunteer will be trained in how to design scientific experiments, grasp the principles behind general molecular biology protocols, practice critical thinking to analyze data, and keep good lab records.


Ceyda Coruh
Julie Law’s Lab
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
10010 N Torrey Pines Road, 92037 La Jolla
Phone: 858 453-4100 ext. 1907
e-mail: ccoruh@salk.edu