Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The Department of Cell Biology is pleased to announce their 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Cell Biology. The Fellowship awards will be granted to support 8-10 weeks of full-time paid research in a Duke University Department of Cell Biology primary faculty laboratory and include a $4,000 stipend to help cover accommodations and living expenses.

Eligible students are Duke undergraduates with an excellent academic record, who have conducted independent research with the proposed faculty mentor for at least one and preferably two or more semesters, and who demonstrate a strong interest in cell biological research.  We encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Students will be selected based on academic record, descriptions of research interests, and career goals.

Interested students should apply by submitting a PDF application with the requested information to

Applications are due on March 31.  Decisions will be announced in early April.

Note that fellowships are reportable income by IRS rules (see


Recipients of Summer Fellowships


Mikaela Iness Chandra, Major: Biology - Mentor: Eda Yildirim
Project: Nuclear Pore Complex protein, Nup153, and Topoisomerase II beta: functional association during gene regulation.

Chaichontat Sriworarat, Major: Biomedical Engineering - Mentor: Cagla Eroglu
Project: Microglial inhibition of activation and its effects on autism spectrum disorder in pregnant mice.


Margo Orlen, Major: Biology - Mentor: March Caron
Project: Determining the role of the dopamine D2R receptor on interneurons in the prefrontal cortex in cognitive behavior.

Yuming Shi, Major: Biology - Mentor: Eda Yildirim
Project:  Analysis of the role of Nucleoporin153 in regulating gene expression and chromosome position using mammalian X-chromosome inactivation as a model.


Kevin Murgas, Major: Biomedical Engineering - Mentor: Eda Yildirim
Project: Examining the role of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) in the maintenance of X-chromosome inactivation (XCI) in female cells and how its loss is causal to human blood cancers.

Juan Ramirez, Major: Biology - Mentor: Cagla Eroglu
Project:  Determining how hevin, an extracellular matrix-associated astrocyte-secreted glycoprotein,controls synaptic refinement in the developing visual cortex.