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The Borghi lab https://www.monicaborghi.com/ is recruiting highly qualified individuals for graduate study (M.Sc./Ph.D.) in the area of flower metabolism. Research in the lab includes analysis of primary and secondary metabolites, flower metabolic responses to abiotic stresses, and the molecular mechanism underpinning their synthesis and regulation. Candidates are expected to have:

      i.         An undergraduate degree in Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Biochemistry, Life Sciences, Agriculture, or related disciplines.

    ii.         Knowledge of fundamentals of Chemistry/Stoichiometry/Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Plant Physiology.

   iii.         A strong motivation, a deep sense of self-responsibility and be accountable and trustworthy.

If you are interested in joining the lab, please send a copy of your CV, a brief statement of previous research experiences and future interests/goals, and contact information for three references to monica.borghi@usu.edu.

At this time, students will be funded by teaching assistantships but are strongly encouraged to apply for graduate research funding.

The Kapheim/French Labs at Utah State University are currently recruiting a PhD student for the Biology or Ecology program to study the relationship between iguanas and their microbial symbionts. This NSF-funded project seeks to understand how ecotourism influences the physiology and microbiome of endangered Bahamian rock iguanas. Observational studies of natural populations of rock iguanas will complement laboratory experiments with green iguanas. This is a highly integrative project that may involve some field work, but the main focus will be on the compositional and functional changes in the microbiome as they relate to host diet and physiology. The most suitable candidate will therefore have a strong interest in bioinformatics related to metagenomics. This project also involves collaborations with other graduate students in the French Lab and the DeNardo Lab at Arizona State University. Ideal candidates will thus enjoy working as part of a team, but will also be able to work independently.

The student will be co-advised by Dr. Karen Kapheim and Dr. Susannah French. The Kapheim and French labs are committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion in academia while promoting professional, scientific, and personal growth for each of our lab members. Individuals from under-represented backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

Accepted full-time graduate students receive comprehensive funding packages that include stipends, tuition, and health benefits in the form of graduate research assistantships and teaching assistantships. Additional funding is available for research. USU is located in northern Utah’s Cache Valley. Situated between two mountain ranges and next to beautiful Logan Canyon, there are plenty of opportunities for field work, as well as outdoor recreation, in and around Logan. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Kapheim (karen.kapheim@usu.edu) with a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for at least two references.

 

The Jones lab is currently seeking graduate students. Potential projects are diverse and include: The study of transgenic spider silk/silkworm silk glandular protein structure and characterization, genetically engineering silkworms to incorporate novel proteins into their silk, and the development of novel immortalized cell lines with an emphasis on protein expression. Techniques and research areas will include synthetic biology, genetic engineering, and protein structure determination techniques, including Rheo-Raman. The projects involve novel and cutting-edge concepts and techniques with applicability beyond basic research. Candidates with interest and/or experience in these areas are strongly encouraged to apply. Students will be funded through teaching assistantships. Before applying, interested students are encouraged to review admission requirements for the Department of Biology (admission requirements under the “Requirements” heading). Interested and qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Jones (justin.a.jones@usu.edu) with a letter of interest, their CV, and contact information for two references. The Jones Laboratory is diverse and inclusive, and we encourage women, minorities, those with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

The Saarman lab is recruiting highly qualified individuals for graduate study (M.S./Ph.D.). Research areas include ecological genomics and landscape genetics/genomics in sand flies in the Magdalena Valley in Colombia. Sand flies are the vectors of leishmaniasis, and there are sever gaps in knowledge of their distribution, ecological genomics, and vectorial capacity. Candidates are expected to have 1) an undergraduate degree in Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, or related fields 2) strong verbal and written communication skills, 3) the ability to work independently and in a collaborative team, and 4) a strong interest in ecological genomics, landscape genetics, and/or population genetics. Individuals who speak Spanish and have experience with spatial modeling are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit http://www.saarmanlab.com to get acquainted with our research, then email Dr. Norah Saarman (norah.saarman@usu.edu) and send an up-to-date CV, a brief (1-page or less) statement of previous research experiences and future interests/goals, an unofficial undergraduate transcript, and contact information for 3 references.

The Department of Biology offers excellent opportunities for education, training, funding, and collaboration. Masters and PhD students are provided with a competitive stipend, tuition coverage, and benefits (throughout the year including the summer). At this time, students in the Saarman lab will be funded by teaching assistantships, but are strongly encouraged to apply for graduate research funding and doctoral dissertation improvement grants. USU is located in the city of Logan in the Cache Valley of northern Utah, which offers a reasonable cost of living, abundant recreation opportunities across all four seasons, and incredible access to numerous National Parks across Utah, Montana, and Wyoming. Please visit the lab webpage for more information: saarmanlab.com. To contact Dr Saarman (norah.saarman@usu.edu

The Bernhardt lab is recruiting highly qualified individuals for graduate study (M.S./Ph.D.). Research areas include molecular evolution of insecticide resistance in mosquitoes and sand flies, fitness costs associated with insecticide resistance, and evaluating field profiles. Preferred qualifications include a background in evolution, molecular biology, entomology, genomics, and the ability to work in a collaborative environment. Students are funded by teaching assistantships, but are strongly encouraged to apply for graduate research funding and doctoral dissertation improvement grants. Before applying, contact Dr. Scott Bernhardt (scott.bernhardt@usu.edu) with your interest.

The Bobeck lab is currently looking for graduate students to study the neurobiology of pain and opioid tolerance and addiction using imaging, molecular, and behavioral techniques. Candidates with experience in these areas are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information see www.bobecklab.weebly.com and email Dr. Erin Bobeck (erin.bobeck@usu.edu) your CV, research interest statement, and contact information for 3 references.

 

Research Opportunities for Graduate Students


This funding is available for all degrees, MS and PhD in Biology and Ecology. For more information see https://climateadaptation.usu.edu/ .