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  Unguez Lab Students and PostDoc

Prospective Students:

    Doing research allows you to apply what you have learned in your classes, to make new discoveries and to develop technical and reasoning skills that will be invaluable in the career path you choose.  Nearly all undergraduates who carry out research say it is one of the best opportunities for learning and personal growth they have in their undergraduate years.  This opportunity is extended to those interested in undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral research in the areas of neuromuscular biology, development and regeneration.
  

Undergraduates:

Undergraduates are an important part of my research lab.  In past years, undergraduate students have participated in various research projects involving a variety of biochemical, surgical, and molecular biology techniques, and have generated data presented at local, regional and national meetings (see Student Work).  Research opportunities in my lab are available for undergraduate students who have a sincere interest in obtaining research experience and are willing to incorporate this training along with their course work for their baccalaureate degree.  Undergraduates (at all levels) can volunteer to work in the lab, gain academic credit through BIOL 350: Undergraduate Research (2-3 credits only), or apply for funding from the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (NMAMP), New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC), or work study.  

Graduate Students:

Graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) and Postdoctoral research associates are welcome.  Please contact me to discuss your goals and commitment if you're contemplating this path. Funding possibilities for graduate students include teaching assistantships through the Department of Biology, and research assistantships (see the section for  prospective graduate students on the Biology web page).Postdoctoral research associates can apply for funding through National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), or by writing a grant proposal with the principal investigator. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are expected to be highly motivated individuals who will participate in the design and implementation of their own independent research program.  They will be expected to work with an adequate amount of independence and autonomy.

Student Abstracts Published:

(student names underlined, † denotes student recipients of awards)

  • Unguez G.A., Kim H-J and Tapscott S.  (2006).  Inhibition of mammalian muscle differentiation by blastema extract of S. macrurus.  Society for Developmental Biology, Abstracts.
  • Kim J.A. and Unguez G.A. (2005).  Transcriptional regulation of myogenic factors by electrical activity in myogenically derived tissues of Sternopygus macrurus.  American Society for Cell Biology Abstract.
  • Weber C. and Unguez G.A.  (2005). Pax7 in adult and regenerated tails of the teleost S. macrurus. Society for Developmental Biology Abstracts, 643.
  • Baca M and Unguez G.A.  (2005).  Determination of the metabolic profile of the weakly electric fish.  NMSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium.  10:18.
  • Salgado E and Unguez G.A. (2005).  Transcript profile of the myogenically derived electric organ of the electric organ Sternopygus macrurus.  NMSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium.  10:23
  • Cuellar H., Salgado E. and Unguez G.A.  (2004).  Transcript profile of the myogenically-derived electric organ of S. macrurus.  SACNAS Abstracts.
  • Kim J.A., Cuellar H. and Unguez G.A.  (2004).  Transcription of Myogenic Regulatory Factors In The Non-contractile Electrogenic Cells Of the Electric Fish S. macrurus.  Society for Developmental Biology Abstracts, 591.
  • Weber C., Dudin L. and Unguez G.A.  (2004).  Characterization of presumptive myogenic stem cell populations in the electric fish S. macrurus. Society for Developmental Biology Abstracts, 630.
  • Clinton A.S., Kim J.A., Tapscott S.J. and Unguez G.A.  (2003).  Molecular correlates of tail regeneration in the teleost fish S. macrurus.  Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 41.15.
  • Strunk M.S. and Unguez G.A.  (2003).  Immunohistochemical analysis of myogenic phenotype in electric organ of the strongly electric fish Electrophorus electricus.  Biology Research Symposium (NMSU).
  • Cuellar H., Medina R., Viveros M.N., Strunk M.R., and Unguez GA.  (2003).  Characterization of cDNA library of electric organ in Sternopygus macrurus.  Annual Meeting of the New Mexico BRIN.
  • Viveros M.N., White K. and Unguez G.A.  (2003).  Characterization of different populations of motoneurons in regenerating and adult spinal cords of the weakly electric fish S. macrurus.  Annual Meeting of the New Mexico BRIN.
  • †Cuellar H., Strunk M.R., and Unguez G.A.  (2002).  Detection of myogenic transcription factors in the tail of S. macrurus using in situ hybridization.  Annual Meeting of the New Mexico AMP Research Program.
  • † Viveros M.N.,  White K. and Unguez G.A.  (2002).  Characterization of different populations of motoneurons in regenerating and adult spinal cords of the weakly electric fish S. macrurus.  Society for Developmental Biology Abstracts, 61:500.
  • Unguez G.A., Jonsson C.B. and Kim J.A.  (2002).  Detection of myogenic transcription factors in the myogenically-derived electrocytes lacking sarcomeric proteins in S. macrurus.  Society for Developmental Biology Abstracts, 61:494.
  • Viveros M.N. and Unguez G.A.  (2002).  Identification of somatic motoneurons in Sternopygus macrurus using horseradish peroxidase.  Biology Research Symposium (NMSU).
  • Strunk M.R., Warburton S. and Unguez G.A.  (2002).  Temporal and spatial expression of nitric oxide synthase and diaphorase in the cardiovascular system of developing Xenopus laevis.  Biology Research Symposium (NMSU).
  • Unguez G.A. and Arandas R.  (2001). Regeneration in weakly electric fish: where does the electric organ come from?  Southwest and Gulf Regional Society for Developmental Biology Abstracts.
  • Unguez G.A., Jonsson C.B. and Peck M.  (2001).  Expression of Myogenic Regulatory Factors in Electric Organ, Skeletal Muscle, and Regenerating Tails of the Weakly Electric Fish Sternopygus macrurus.  American Society for Cell Biology Abstracts, 12:2777.
  • Viveros, M. and Unguez, G.A. (2001).  Identification of somatic motoneurons in Sternopygus macrurus using horseradish peroxidase neurohistochemistry.  Biology Research Symposium (NMSU).
  • White, K. and Unguez, G.A.  (2001).  Immunohistochemical characterization of spinal motoneurons in adult and regenerated tails of S. macrurus.  Biology Research Symposium (NMSU).
  • Smith G.T., Unguez G.A. and Reinauer R.M.  (2000).  A comparative study of NADPH-diphorase activity and nitric oxide synthase-like immunoreactivity in the electromotor systems of gymnotiform electric fish.  Society for Neuroscience Abstracts,  26: 567.6.