Graduate Students

Our lab trains graduate students through the UVA School of Medicine Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BIMS),  the UVA Department of Chemistry, the UVA Department of Biomedical Engineering. We welcome students with research interest in one of the following fields to join our lab: Chemical Biology, Bioanalytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Physiology, and Translational Science. 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 Fellows (PDF)

We currently have a postdoctoral position. Please contact us if you have any following expertise.

  1. Protein Engineering, with previous experiences in molecular cloning, gene library construction, and/or screening. Minimal requirements: 1) A Ph.D. degree (or the equivalent) in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or other closely related fields. 2) More than three years of experience in phage display, yeast surface display, fluorescent proteins, directed enzyme/antibody evolution, or viral engineering.
  2. Cell Biology/Imaging. We hope to hire a cell biologist with extensive experience in live-cell imaging (confocal, super-resolution, TIRF, etc.). Previous experience with stem cell or cancer cell biology is preferred.
  3. Neurobiology. The most common types of communication in the brain are chemical. Our lab aims to address the technical need for genetically encoded fluorescent biosensors to monitor specific chemical signaling in the brain. We hope to hire a postdoc fellow with strong expertise in neurobiology, such as neurotransmission, neuromodulation, and GPCR-based signaling. Minimal requirements: 1) A Ph.D. degree (or the equivalent) in neuroscience or other closely related fields. 2) Demonstrated expertise in standard and advanced neuronal electrophysiology recordings and rodent surgical procedures. Experiences in mouse models, imaging and morphological analyses, and animal behavior experiments are preferred.
  4. Microscopy instrumentation. We would also consider candidates with rich experience in fluorescence microscopy and microscopy instrumentation.
Undergraduate Students

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

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