Graduate Students

Our lab trains graduate students through the UVA School of Medicine Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BIMS) and the UVA Department of Chemistry. 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. If you come from a disadvantaged background or are a member of an underrepresented community, we welcome your application.

Postdoctoral Fellows

We are keenly looking for postdoctoral fellows with the following expertise:

  1. Protein Engineering, with previous experiences in sophisticated 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, or directed enzyme/antibody evolution.
  2. 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 living cells and organisms. 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.

The to-be-hired Postdoctoral Research Associates will work independently on the projects, spending approximately 90% of the time conducting experiments and analyzing data, 5% on training graduate students, and 5% on writing manuscripts and grants. Please send your CV (education history and publication list), and contact information for three references to the PI. In addition, please indicate in the email your research interest, and how you fit our research program. We thank all applicants; however, only selected individuals will be contacted. 

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.