2019 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Chemistry and Computer Science
Mentor: Justin Du Bois, Chemistry

The Du Bois lab is engaged in foundational research that aims to advance treatment options for nerve cell signaling disorders like epilepsy, cardiac arrhythmia, and chronic pain. The current focus of their work is developing imaging agents for voltage-gated sodium ion channels in live cells, in order to understand how different ion channels are trafficked in dynamic disease settings. Jay will be designing and testing a neurotoxin-based imaging agent, as well as modifying and studying existing agents, in order to investigate therapeutic candidates for channel dysfunction.