Mentor and lab: Aide Macias-Muñoz

Dates: June 24-August 30, 2024

Location: Lab on Coastal Campus

Project Background: Hydra vulgaris are polyps that belong to the phylum Cnidaria which encompasses jellyfish, sea anemones, and corals. Hydra have an incredible regenerative ability being able to regenerate head and foot when dissected and being able to form a full polyp from cell aggregates. Under stressful conditions, Hydra undergo gametogenesis to produce either eggs or sperm. Yet, the particular stressors that trigger gametogenesis in H. vulgars remain unknown. In our lab, we are setting up Hydra under different temperature, light environments, and diets to detect how these factors influence reproduction and regeneration.

Intern Duties: Students will learn how to feed and clean Hydra. Students will also learn and conduct experiments to dissect and dissociate Hydra. Data collection will require meticulous documentation of protocol and observations. Depending on the particular experiment, time course data may need to be collected. Students will also learn how to analyze and interpret their data.

Intern Qualifications: Some experience using dissection scopes, comfortable handling/dissecting small marine invertebrates, experience with R is a plus.

Do you recommend the intern(s) volunteer in your lab during Spring quarter? Optional to begin handling Hydra.