Graduate Students

Our lab trains graduate students through the UVA School of Medicine Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BIMS), the UVA Department of Chemistry, and the UVA Department of Biomedical Engineering, in addition to the M.D./Ph.D. Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). We welcome students with research interest at the interface of chemistry, biomedical sciences, and bioengineering. Admitted students please contact us for rotation opportunities. Students who are interested in applying one of the graduate programs are welcome to send inquiries. We particularly welcome applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds or underrepresented communities.

Postdoctoral Researchers/Research Scientists

We invite applications for a postdoctoral research or research scientist position and the successful candidate is expected to carry out research to develop or apply genetically encoded imaging tools.

We hope to identify candidates with strong interests and relevant expertise in development of genetically encoded imaging tools such as fluorescent and bioluminescent biosensors, or integration of tool development with biological questions in redox biology, neurobiology, beta-cell biology, insulin signaling, and/or diabetes.

Preferred skills are: molecular cloning, gene library construction and screening, and bacterial and mammalian cell culture. Preferred skills are: electrophysiology, cell biology, genomics, viral engineering, phage display, yeast surface display, fluorescent proteins, genetic code expansion, gene editing, or directed protein/enzyme/antibody evolution.

Our lab has also developed new interests in development of genetically encoded tools for PET or MRI imaging. Thus, any candidate with skills in PET or MRI imaging is welcome to apply.

Furthermore, we hope to identify candidates with strong interests in applying our developed biosensors to biological questions. In particular, we welcome candidates with previous training in redox biology, neurobiology, beta-cell biology, insulin signaling, and/or diabetes. An integration of tool development skills with your biology expertise is expected to broaden your career path!

To apply, please send a cover letter (including a short statement of research interest and how you fit our research program), CV (including a publication list), and contact information for three references to Dr. Ai (huiwang.ai@virginia.edu).

Undergraduate Students

Due to Covid-19 and lab density requirements to assure social distance, we cannot accept undergraduate students for lab research.

We welcome highly talented undergraduate students to contact us. Students who inquire should be willing in principle to commit to staying with our lab during the academic year until their graduation.  Undergraduates will typically volunteer their first year, work for credit their second year, and next, pursue a senior-design project.  Expected time commitments are 10-15 hours per week, preferably in blocks of 3-5 hours at a time.

High-school Students

Due to Covid-19 and lab density requirements to assure social distance, we cannot accept high-school students for lab research.

There are research opportunities for highly talented high-school students. Please contact us.

Why UVA?

UVA was established by the American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson in 1819. It is one of 62 institutions in the Association of American Universities (AAU) and considered as one of the best public universities in the U.S. UVA has many top-ranked research programs. The UVA School of Medicine is ranked #26 for research by US News, on a par with UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Charlottesville is a town two-hour drive from Washington DC and one-hour from Richmond. It is centrally located in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the former home of three of America’s founding fathers. Charlottesville is suffused with an appreciation of history and intellectual vigor. Charlottesville’s rich cultural, natural, and artistic history is showcased in a selection of first-rate museums, galleries, wineries, shops, and parks dispersed throughout the area.