STUDENT PROJECTS

Projects for students with a science background

including geology, chemistry, surface geochemsitry, archaeology, proteomics, mircobiology

Examples: 

IF YOU LIKE MINERALS

Stabilization of DNA by minerals across time and space

Why does minerals preserve DNA?

How do we retrieve more DNA from sediment

Bottom-up and top down approaches:

i.e. Atomic force microscopy for DNA-mineral interactions

(check out blog for examples, including video rate scanning)

Strong link to MinARg, MINpres and EVOMIN

YOU ARE INTERESTED IN DNA 

DNA conformation and stability  on mineral surfaces

or

Extraction of biomolecules from sediments and  archaeological artifacts

Bottom-up  approaches

i.e. Atomic force microscopy for DNA conformation on different mineral surfaces and environmental solutions

(check out blog for examples, including video rate scanning)

Strong link to MinARg and EVOMIN

MICROBE-MINERALS

Bacterial-mineral interaction and interdependence

Role of minerals for rate of  gene transfer

Involves florescence microscopy, chemical force spectroscopy, 

and atomic force microscopy

(check out blog for examples, including video rate scanning)

Strong link to MinARg and EVOMIN

GENOMICS

Finding evidence for mineral facilitated evolution of life

Involves fieldwork,  atomic force microscopy

(check out blog for examples, including video rate scanning) and bioinformatics. The bioinformatics part can be a stand alone project. 

Strong link to MinARg and EVOMIN

PROTEOMICS

Protein-mineral interactions

Bottom-up approach to address  milk proteins in scale and teeth

i.e. Atomic force microscopy  to investigate in-situ dynamics

(check out blog for examples, including video rate scanning)

 

ARCHAEOLOGY

Preservation of biomarkers in archaeological artifacts

Bottom-up approaches to address fragmentation and preservation on archaeological relevant minerals

INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS

are welcome.

All projects will be adjusted to your skills and preference for learning outcome and topic. No knowledge of experimental approach or instrumentation is expected.

Send an informal email for more info:

kks@bio.ku.dk

© 2019 by Karina K. Sand

karina.sand@gmail.com

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