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 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.

Technician/Lab Manager

We are considering the possibility of hiring a lab technician/lab manager. The major responsibilities of the position include performing experiments under the supervision of the principal investigator and postdoctoral fellows (50% time), managing lab business in the capacity of our lab manager (25% time), and helping edit manuscripts and other types of written documents (25% time).

The successful candidate must hold a recent bachelor or a recent master’s degree in biological sciences, and have prior laboratory research experience. Most experimental work will be the preparation of baculovirus, lentivirus, and adeno-associated virus (AAV). Thus, previous experience in plasmid construction and preparation, cell culture, or viral preparation is a plus. The candidate is expected to present at seminars, journal clubs and publish the research findings. Having excellent communication skills, scientific writing skills, and superb work ethics are absolute requirements.

Postdoctoral Researchers

We are always looking for talented postdoctoral researchers with expertise in protein engineering, fluorescence/bioluminescence imaging, molecular and cell biology, and neurobiology to join our lab.

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.

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.