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Information for current lab members 

Mandatory Lab Training 

Members of the O'Brien lab must complete the following courses

Cornell EH&S training #1074 Bloodborne Pathogens Training
Initial training for all individuals who work with or have reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with human blood or blood components and body fluids; unfixed human tissue or organs including cell or tissue cultures; and blood, organs or other tissues from experimental animals infected with HIV or hepatitis virus. Refresher training is required every 12 months. Initial Training is required in person.

Cornell EH&S training #2555 Laboratory Safety
Required training for faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students who work in a laboratory environment. Training can be completed online via CU Learn.

CITI training
Full, Foundational Course on Responsible Conduct Research (RCR) for Biomedical Sciences (Stage 1- RCR), completed online.

Lab Kudos!

Congratulations our beloved Dr. Yaqin Xu who was recently promoted to Research Associate position in the lab! She was also nominated for the President's Award for "Employee Excellence in Culture of Belonging"

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Congratulations to our 5th year PhD student, Alexa Barad, for winning this year’s American Society for Nutrition’s Young Investigators Underrepresented in Nutrition (YIUNAC) award competition. Alexa presented some interesting results from her dissertation project investigating the genetics of iron homeostasis. Way to go, Alexa! 

Congratulations to our O'Brien Lab seniors, Viveka and Sofia, who have been selected as Merrill Presidential Scholars. They represent the highest standards of excellence in their graduating class with outstanding scholastic achievement, strong leadership abilities, and a demonstrated potential for meaningful societal contribution, Congratulations Viveka and Sofia!!  


Summer Funding Opportunities for Students

Human Ecology Summer Research Stipends for Undergraduates

Human Ecology Summer Research Stipends for Undergraduates: The College of Human Ecology provides a limited number of stipends to CHE undergraduates who will be involved in full-time summer research with a CHE faculty member. Both the student and the faculty member must be in CHE. Students and their faculty mentors must both submit applications. Students should work with faculty members in preparing the 2-3 page proposal that is required as part of the application. All currently enrolled CHE students may apply provided that they have a CHE faculty research advisor, are in good academic standing, and will be continuing as CHE undergraduate students in the fall semester. Students must be available for a full-time, 8-week summer research position. Simultaneous enrollment in courses is not permitted. Students must submit short reports at the end of the research experience. Visit CHE's Undergraduate Research site to learn more.

USDA Summer Internship Program

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