SUNY students are routinely involved in projects such as working in the insectary, studying mosquito fitness and competence, and utilizing molecular and cellular techniques in virology, all while learning how to work effectively in BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories. Interested students should contact Arbovirus Laboratory staff.
Dr. Alex Ciota, Director of the Arbovirus Laboratory, is a faculty member in the University at Albany, School of Public Health Biomedical Sciences Department. Dr. Ciota also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the University at Albany Biological Sciences Department and is a member of the University at Albany RNA Institute.
Each summer the Arbovirus Laboratory welcomes staff to perform surveillance duties, which include processing mosquitoes for the isolation of virus and RNA. We receive specimens from around New York State from May to October. Summer staff are college age students looking to gain exposure to real laboratory experiences while expanding their science background in both research and laboratory workings. They can apply through the NYS DOH employment opportunities website.