For those interested in working in Professor O'Brien's lab, fill out the application linked below and e-mail it to Dr. Kimberly O'Brien, at

O'Brien Lab Application

O'Brien Lab Task
If you are interested in knowing the types of lab tasks students in the O'Brien lab learn and perform daily, please click here: Lab Task/Training List.

Research Credit
This option is only offered to a limited number of students each semester and is typically only offered to students who have already worked in the lab. For further information, contact Dr. Kimberly O'Brien, at

Laboratory Journal Club
The laboratory meets once a week to listen to a presentation about a recent research article pertaining to  preliminary data on the active projects. This is a one credit option (not offered for credit every semester) in which students who are enrolled in research credit are expected to present one journal article during the semester.

Mandatory Laboratory 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 reasonable 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, graduate and undergraduate students who work in a laboratory environment. Training can be completed on-line via CU Learn.

CITI training
Biomedical Research, Stage 1, completed online.

Work Study/Paid Positions
Students (from any college at Cornell) who have been granted work study as part of their financial aid package can get paid for their research work in the lab.

Senior Honors Thesis
For information about doing a senior honors thesis, contact Julia Felice.

Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholars
The majority of students are chosen for the Rawlings CPRS program as incoming freshmen. Current Cornell sophomores, who were not chosen as entering freshmen to be in the Rawlings CPRS program, may apply in the spring of their sophomore year to be admitted into the program at the beginning of their junior year. For students interested in this option, please visit RCPRS Prospective Scholars

For additional information, visit College of Human Ecology Undergraduate Research