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Research Opportunities at NSU

A randomized Phase II Remote Study to Assess Bacopa for Gulf War Illness Associated Cognitive Dysfunction

  • Project description: The goal of this study is to assess the efficacy of a novel low-risk therapeutic agent, Bacopa monnieri, for cognitive function in Veterans with GWI and to evaluate the utility of a remote patient-centric study design developed to promote recruitment and minimize participant burden.
  • Recommended majors: Biology, Neuroscience
  • Preferred experience: Basic understanding of  research principles, preferably human subject research.
  • Time commitment: Long term commitment (minimum a year)- 4 and above hours per week. Schedule flexible dependent on  student school schedule.
  • Possibility of co-authorship: Yes
  • Position: Research Volunteer (unpaid)
  • Semester: Summer 2022

Contact: Amanpreet Cheema, PhD at for more information. 

Game-Based Cognitive Training

  • FocusIn this project we will complete initial development of a gaming-oriented cognitive training app to promote improved psychomotor speed, attention, and executive function in older adults with age-related cognitive decline.
  • Position description: Research Volunteer (unpaid)
  • Student Participation: Any major; programming experience and interest in video game creation essential.
  • Time Commitment: Five or more hours per week.
  • Skills/Experience: ·  Knowledge of C# and Unity helpful
  • Semester: Fall 2021; Winter 2022

Contact: Dr. Raymond Ownby at for more information.

Genetic studies of Human-canine Bonding

  • Project description: We are using molecular tools to ask how canine-human interaction modulate disease-related phenotypes in both species.
  • Recommended majors: Biology, Neuroscience, Psychology
  • Preferred experience: Experience with PCR/qPCR/sequencing would be helpful, but is not required.
  • Time commitment: 10 hours per week.
  • Position description: Research Volunteer (unpaid).
  • Semester: Winter 2022

Contact Dr. Eben Gering at for more information.

Independent Study Opportunities

Independent student opportunities are available in the following areas:

  1. A Phase II study of Bacopa in Gulf War Illness (GWI)
  2. Oleoylethanolamide supplement in GWI
  3. Identifying APOE4 related lipid biomarkers for diagnosing chronic neurocognitive deficits in TBI patients
  4. A Phase I/II study of B cell depletion Therapy in Gulf War Illness
  5. Nicotinamide riboside clinical trial for GWI
  6. Exploring dietary influence on complex multi-symptom illnesses by exploring molecular mechanisms and genomics
  7. Exploring Autism - A comprehensive study

Contact: Amanpreet Cheema, PhD at for more information.

Introduction to Biology Research I/II (Course)

  • Course description: This course is a unique undergraduate research opportunity designed for freshman and/or sophomore-level students interested in a career in the sciences. Students will take ownership of their own research project by formulating a hypothesis and designing experiments to test their hypothesis, thus allowing students to experience what it is like to be a research scientist. Specifically, students will work on a discovery-based research project to attempt to discover novel viruses that target bacteria as an antibiotic alternative to killing bacteria. Throughout the process, students will collect and analyze their data and then present their findings. This course is part of a two-course sequence; therefore, students are required to enroll in BIOL 1001: Introduction to Biology Research II Lab in the Winter semester. Pre-Requisites: MATH 1040 or higher and COMP 1000.
  • Recommended majors: Open to all majors.
  • Pre-requisites: MATH 1040 or higher and COMP 1000. No prior research experience necessary.
  • Time commitment: Two days per week, two-three hours per day.
  • Credit: Course Credit and one (1) ExEL unit.
  • Semesters: Fall 2021

Contact: Dr. Julie Torruellas Garcia at for more information.

Mass Distribution of Matter in Space

  • Project description: Determining the distribution of masses of many object families across the Universe.
  • Recommended majors: Science, Engineering, Education
  • Preferred experience: Tabular/spreadsheet apps, Linux, essentials of programming.
  • Possibility of co-authorship: Yes
  • Time commitment: 52 weeks and two hours per week.
  • Position description: Research Volunteer (unpaid)
  • Semester: Fall 2021, Winter 2022

Contact Dr. Kautsch at for more information.


  • Project description: Dr. Lopez's research pivots on the action of genes/genomes, microbes and evolution. For 25 years, his work has applied genomics tools to address various specific questions in marine biology, invertebrate-microbial symbiosis, microbial ecology, forensics, metagenomics, gene expression, and systematics/phylogenetics. Professor Lopez is part of the DEEPEND Consortium ( to better understand food webs and marine microbial distributions in the deep Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He was one of the founding members for the non-profit Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA -, and is now GIGA president conveying the mission to help coordinate marine invertebrate whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics training for students. GIGA has had a close association with the AGA since its inception, and is also part of the wider Earth Biogenome Project ( Lopez’s symbiosis research has focused on microbial communities (“microbiomes”) of sponges, sharks, humans and bats, and recently Port Everglades Inlet sediments The Lopez molecular genomics laboratory now applies metagenomics methods to characterize the water quality of local S. Florida habitats, especially focusing on microbiomes related to harmful algal blooms (HABs). We have recently begun a project to sequence the whole genomes of 100 aquatic invertebrate species pairs - This project's analyses portion will require bioinformatics interest and expertise with Linux, Bash etc.
  • Recommended majors: Biology, Computer Science
  • Preferred experience: PCR, DNA, R
  • Possibility of co-authorship: Yes
  • Position description: Research Volunteer (unpaid)
  • Time commitment: 4 - 10 hours per week
  • Semester: Winter 2021, Summer 2021

Contact: Dr. Jose V. Lopez at for more information.

Microbiota Dysbiosis and Oxidative Stress: Post-COVID sequalae & ME/CFS.

  • Project description: The main objective of this study is to identify the ‘host factors’ which may contribute to lingering symptoms experienced by long haulers post infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • Recommended majors: Biology
  • Preferred experience: Human subject research/Basic laboratory research/Safe handling of bio specimens.
  • Time commitment: 4-10 hours per week for two semesters minimum.
  • Possibility of co-authorship: Yes
  • Position description: Research Volunteer (unpaid)
  • Semester: Winter 2022;Summer 2022

Contact Amanpreet Cheema, PhD at for more information.

Minimum 123-Avoiding Permutation Blockers

  • Project description: A generalization of a special case of the well known Frobenius-K ̋onig theorem:  characterize all minimum 123-avoiding permutation blockers.
  • Recommended majors: Mathematics
  • Preferred experience: Linear algebra (required); Combinatorics (optional)
  • Possibility of co-authorship: Yes
  • Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week for 15 weeks
  • Position description: Research Volunteer (unpaid)
  • Semester: Winter 2022

Contact Dr. Lei Cao at for more information.

Predicting Seizures in Patients with Epilepsy using Machine Learning

  • Project description: We plan to use Electrocorticography collected from intracranial electrodes along with our computer simulation to determine the features that help predict the onset of seizures.
  • Recommended majors: Biology, Physics, Computer Science
  • Preferred experience: Neurology, Python, Tensorflow
  • Possibility of co-authorship: Yes
  • Time commitment: 1-3 hours per week.
  • Position description: Research Volunteer (unpaid)
  • Semester: Winter 2022;Summer 2022

Contact Louis R. Nemzer, Ph.D. at for more information.

Survival and Development of Zebra Longwing, Heliconius charithonia, on Native and Non-native Passion Vines, Passiflora sp., in South Florida

  • Project description: Zebra longwing butterflies (Heliconius charithonia) are distributed throughout the southernmost regions of the United States to South America and are abundant across Florida. These heliconian butterflies not only consume nectar, but are also known to feed on pollen, resulting in a longer lifespan than most butterflies. In their larval stage, H. charithonia feed exclusively on Passiflora sp., however larval performance and survival across the diversity of Passion vine species is not well documented. We examined these criteria of zebra longwings from egg to adulthood on two passion vines native to Florida, corky stem (Passiflora suberosa) and maypop (Passiflora incarnata), as well as one non-native species, bluecrown (Passiflora caerulea). Zebra longwing females were caught in the wild and kept in enclosures to lay their eggs. The eggs from one female were distributed evenly into enclosures, each containing one Passiflora sp. Percent survival from egg to larvae, larvae to chrysalis, chrysalis to adult, and egg to adult was determined, as well as forewing length of adults for each Passiflora sp. Preliminary results indicated a potential incompatibility between H. charithonia larvae and Passiflora caerulea, while the greatest survival occurred with larvae reared on Passiflora suberosa.
  • Recommended majors: Biology, Environmental Science, Marine Biology
  • Preferred experience: None required; students will be trained.
  • Possibility of co-authorship: Yes
  • Position description: Research Volunteer (unpaid)
  • Time commitment: 8 weeks; 5 hours/wk
  • Semester: Winter 2022, Summer 2022

Contact Dr. Paul Arena at for more information.

Trophics and Contaminants in Marine Fauna

  • Project description:  Several projects in the Charismatic Megafauna and Oceanography Laboratory (CMOL) studying both inorganic and organic contaminants in marine mammals, birds, and fishes in water bodies around the world. We utilize a variety of tissues, the study of food web dynamics, and bioaccumulation of contaminants.
  • Recommended majors: Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science
  • Preferred experience: This research must be pertinent of a student's career aspirations.
  • Possibility of co-authorship: Yes
  • Position description: Research Volunteer (unpaid)
  • Time commitment: 8-10 hours per week
  • Semester:Winter 2022; Summer 2022

Contact: Dr. Amy Hirons at for more information.

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