URSA Engage Program 2013
Position Descriptions for Students to Apply For


Faculty Name & Department/School: Dr. Claudia C. Häse, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine


Research Project Title: Vibrio presence at oyster hatcheries


Project Overview: 

Aquaculture is dependent on the healthy growth of organisms, but oyster aquaculture in the Pacific Northwest has been plagued with problems relating to the health and viability of the larvae. Vibrio tubiashii, a non-pathogenic vibrio, has been linked to larvae death, and our laboratory is involved in investigating the presence of this bacterium at oyster hatcheries throughout Oregon and Washington. The student will use water samples from oyster hatcheries to screen for the presence of V. tubiashii, and will investigate the spatial and temporal patterning of V. tubiashii in hatcheries.


What skills will students obtain in this project? 

Basic microbiological techniques, including sterile culture of the non-pathogenic Vibrio tubiashii used in the research. The student will also use PCR and antibody-based assays (ELISA, lateral-flow dipstick immunoassay).


Student research tasks: 

Culture bacteria, identify strain via selective plating and PCR. Screen bacterial culture with antibody-based assays.


Period of work - Spring ONLY


Number of hours per week expected of student:     10-12


Preferred Faculty Contact Information: hasec@science.oregonstate.edu

(note - applications are NOT sent to mentors - see instructions)

q Yes    q  No:   Human Subjects 

q Yes    q  No:   Live Vertebrate Animals

q Yes    q  No:   Recombinant DNA Molecules Transgenic Plants or Animal, and/or Infectious Agents of Plants, Animals, or Humans

q Yes    q  No:   Ionizing Radiation

q Yes    q  No:   Chemical Carcinogens

q Yes    q  No:   Scuba Diving, Free Diving

q Yes    q  No:   Small Boating Operations


Approval Number(s) from above, if relevant ___Proposal 1910________________


If you are interested in applying for this position, you MUST complete the student application HERE and email it to Dr. Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu

Do NOT email your application to the faculty mentor.