Undergraduate Opportunities

Research Opportunities

There are many opportunities for students to carry out research in the laboratory of a faculty member in MCDB. A broad spectrum of state-of-the-art research activities is performed at Yale in the MCDB department and in related departments including the Yale School Medicine. This research is in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, neurobiology, physiology, computational plant sciences biology, and evolution. All interested students are encouraged to participate in research.

Fellowships & Educational Opportunities

47th Annual WCBSUR Conference (April 6, 2024; Santa Clara, CA)

The West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference (WCBSURC) will return to the place of its origin, when Santa Clara University serves as conference host on Saturday, April 6, 2024.  The WCBSURC, established in 1976, is the oldest, continuously-operating, intercollegiate   conference of its kind in the nation.  As of 2023, it has been hosted by ten different universities and drawn participants from 213 institutions in 41 states plus Canada.   The purposes of the Conference are: 1) to provide a forum for undergraduate researchers topresent original data they have generated in the fields of biology, biochemistry or biophysics; and 2) to foster intercollegiate interactions among students and faculty who share a commitment to undergraduate research in the biological sciences.  More information about the Conference can be accessed at: https://www.scu.edu/cas/biology/beyond-the-classroom/wcbsurc/.

  • Several $300 travel grants will be made available on a selective basis to students coming from institutions that have not previously been represented at the WCBSURC.  Questions regarding these grants should be directed to Dr. Michael McConnell at mmcconne@pointloma.edu.   All other questions regarding the Conference should be directed either to wcbsurc@scu.edu, or to Dr. Justen Whitall < Jwhittall@scu.edu>.

SUMMER INTERN - Plant Biology Research

Company: Verinomics Inc.
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Duration: Summer Internship (3 months)

Job Description: Verinomics Inc. is excited to offer summer internships in Plant Genomics & Gene Editing. This role is ideal for students who are enthusiastic about plant biology and eager to gain hands-on laboratory experience. The internship will involve supporting our research teams, primarily assisting with tasks similar to those performed by our technicians.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in basic laboratory tasks under the supervision of senior staff, including preparing solutions, cleaning equipment, and organizing lab supplies.
  • Support routine experiments related to plant biology, observing and documenting results.
  • Help in maintaining plant tissue cultures and monitoring their growth under different conditions.
  • Participate in data collection and basic data analysis for ongoing research projects.
  • Learn and assist in basic molecular biology techniques as needed, under close supervision.
  • Attend and participate in team meetings and research discussions.
  • Understand and follow laboratory safety protocols and standard operating procedures.

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in Biology, Plant Science, Biotechnology, or a related field.
  • Basic understanding of laboratory practices and safety.
  • Keen interest in plant biology and research.
  • Good organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

Internship Experience:

  • Hands-on experience in a professional research laboratory setting.
  • Mentorship from experienced researchers and technicians.
  • Exposure to real-world applications of plant biology and biotechnology.
  • Opportunity to develop professional skills and network within the industry.

Application Process: Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and academic transcripts.

Verinomics is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workforce.

Opportunity for Seniors

Studying Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College

In 2023 OVC ranked6th in the world for veterinary science, 3rd in North America and FIRST in Canada. As you probably know, we are fully AVMA accredited and are the oldest veterinary college in Canada and the US. 2023 marks our 161st year. We have close to 0% attrition here, and our students have consistently one of the highest rates of success in the NAVLE (the licensing exam for veterinarians).    All of our admission information is on our website, and on our site we talk about fees and resources. We have a wonderful peer helper for international applicants from our program, and she is graduate of Wellesley College from California. She can chat with interested students about life as a US student in our veterinary program. We also have an international student advisor that can help US students with organizing their transition into Canada, and a Facebook group where the incoming students share advice and get to know each other.

POST-GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT - Yale Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

The Luo Research Group (https://luogroup.research.yale.edu/research) at Yale Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science is seeking a post-graduate research assistant to contribute to our studies aimed at understanding the physiochemical reciprocity between cells and the extracellular matrix. Our lab works at the interface of material science, mechanobiology, and data science, to reveal the mechanistic underpinning of how cells perceive order in their environment and physical inputs from their neighboring cells. 

Training & Mentoring: The appointed post-graduate research assistant will undergo comprehensive training in image analysis, data processing, material formulation, and design. Mentorship will be provided directly by Dr. Luo, who places a strong emphasis on guiding each lab member toward the attainment of their career objectives. Dr. Luo is committed to fostering a collaborative environment where mentorship is integral to the success of every lab member.

Qualifications: We invite applications from individuals with an undergraduate or master’s degree in biology, quantitative biology, cell biology, or related disciplines. Candidates should possess familiarity with cell culture, lentiviral transduction, knockout mutation, confocal microscopy, and related techniques. If interested, please reach out to Yimin <yimin.luo@yale.edu> as we have an available position starting immediately. Whenever appropriate, the candidate will be nominated for fellowships. Application at the postdoctoral level will also be considered given the candidate’s skills, background, and interest.

POST-GRADUATE ASSOCIATE- Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology  

Training:

  • Participate fully as a member of the clinical and clinical research team as well as the translational research program in Yale Rheumatology by coordinating clinical (patient-focused) studies from conception to completion.
  • Learn to prepare and submit institutional review board applications to ensure adequate protection of human participants in biomedical research
  • Identify, assess eligibility, enroll participants in research studies.
  • Collect accurate health data from research participants for a variety of studies. Conduct a study using these data if you desire.
  • Coordinate collection and processing of various human specimens (e.g., blood, various tissues, buccal swabs, etc.). Conduct a study using these samples if you desire.
  • Work directly with clinical database manager to log and track biospecimens from human participants in clinical studies in rheumatology.
  • Prepare written progress reports and similar research study documents.
  • Coordinate the conduct of multiple simultaneous research projects.

Mentoring: The candidate will be mentored by Dr. Monique Hinchcliff. They will be encouraged to attend department conferences, lectures, grand rounds, and present research on a regular basis.

Education: Eligible candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences or a related field. This position is ideal for someone who is interested in gaining experience in clinical research prior to applying for medical or graduate school. Candidates should be self-motivated with a can-do attitude who enjoy talking to patients. 

To speak to the principal investigator, Monique Hinchcliff, MD MS, please send your resume and cover letter to: S.perez@yale.edu

This is a 1-year position. A second-year position may be possible pending approval by the post-doctoral office and available funding.

Computational Biologist Position  - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/HHMI/Harvard Medical School/Broad Institute- Computational Biology Position in the Kadoch Laboratory

The Kadoch Laboratory at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Broad Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute is seeking a highly qualified individual who has recently obtained or is about to obtain a BA/BS degree (or higher) to join our vibrant research team as a Computational Biologist focused on cancer biology, epigenetics, and chromatin regulation. Our lab uses multidisciplinary approaches including biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, chemical biology, and functional genomics and epigenomics to explore the mechanisms of chromatin remodeling complexes, which are among the most frequently mutated cellular entities in human cancers and other diseases. As such, our computationally-centered projects in the lab are highly diverse and involve extensive genomics (i.e. analysis of many NGS methods including DNA sequencing, RNA sequencing (RNA-seq), ATAC-seq, ChIP-seq, CUT&RUN, CUT&TAG, single-cell ATAC+RNA-seq, among other approaches), analysis of functional screening datasets (i.e. genome-wide as well as targeted CRISPR- and base editing-based screens for cell fitness or other cellular outcomes), 3D structural biology (i.e. use of Pymol and UCSF Chimera for structural analysis, mapping mutations, etc.), analysis and integration of mass-spectrometry proteomics datasets, and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) and systems biology-focused efforts (i.e. large genomics and proteomics dataset analysis and integration, Deepmind, Alphafold, Rosetta, other approaches). Our exciting collection of ongoing projects involve collaborations with laboratories across the Harvard/ MIT research centers and hospitals in Boston and Cambridge as well as with groups across the country and internationally. This is a unique opportunity with significant potential for the student to work directly with the PI as well as with senior graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to carry forward independent projects resulting in authorship on publications and opportunities to present work at local, national, and international meetings.

The successful applicant will have coding experience (i.e. in R, Python, or other languages) relevant to bioinformatics/computational biology, familiarity with working in a Unix environment and use of SLURM or similar job scheduler (high performance computing), working knowledge of genomic technologies and bioinformatic processes and/or structural biology, ability to both implement and develop new bioinformatic pipelines in shell scripts, interest and proven abilities in data visualization (such as in ggplot2, matplotlib, D3.js etc.), and proficiency in documenting research processes to ensure reproducibility (e.g., markdown syntax and Git/GitHub) as well as experience in one or more of the following areas: computational biology/computer science, molecular biology, genetics and/or genomics, cell biology, and protein biochemistry and/or structural biology, through focused prior dry or wet lab research experience (i.e. 1-2 years in research laboratories with strong letters of recommendation) as well as undergraduate coursework.

We are looking for candidates who will be available for 2 (two) years in the lab; in particular, we are looking for candidates who are graduating from colleges/universities this Spring 2024 and considering applying to top-tier graduate and/or medical school (PhD/MD/MD-PhD) programs following their tenure in the lab, *OR*, aiming to function as a senior staff computational biologist in the academic setting for years to come. To date, all postbac computational biology lab members in this position have gone on to pursue PhD, MD, or MD/PhD programs at highest-tier institutions; Dr. Kadoch is firmly committed to mentorship, career guidance and support, and other senior lab personnel will also provide research and career mentorship. The ideal candidate will be exceptionally motivated, highly communicative, mature, detail- and goal-oriented, able to work both independently and in teams, and will possess excellent organizational, communication, and analytical skills.

Please contact Cigall Kadoch, Ph.D. directly at cigall_kadoch@dfci.harvard.edu for more information if interested (along with CV/resume) and please copy Dr. Kadoch’s assistant, Ms. Kristen Applegate, at kadochoffice@gmail.com. We will hire for this position(s) on a rolling basis over the next couple of months and will close the position once new hires have been confirmed.

For more information about our laboratory, please see the Kadoch Lab website at http://www.kadochlab.org , our recent publications (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=kadoch+c), and news via our Twitter handles, @kadochlab, and @ckadoch.

Postgraduate Fellowship at the Yale Center for Asthma and Airway Diseases - Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Yale University School of Medicine 

An excellent opportunity to support research activities at the Yale Center for Asthma and Airway Diseases (YCAAD) in the section of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Working under the supervision of YCAAD’s Director (Professor Geoffrey L. Chupp, MD) and co-investigators, the candidate will play a central role in the conduct of human research funded by the NIH, public foundations, and industry sponsors. This represents an ideal opportunity for a medical school applicant seeking to obtain hands-on experience with patients, train in clinical research techniques, and build his/her academic CV. Salary is as determined by Yale School of Medicine.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to: 

a) Performance of chart review to identify appropriate patient candidates

b) Recruitment, consenting, and orientation of research subjects

b) Collection and handling of clinical specimens, including centrifugation, aliquoting, labeling, and storage

c) Processing, interpreting, and summarizing data using statistical techniques and scientific software

d) Presentations on the status of research activities

e) Interaction with regulatory committees, human subject, and budgetary committees

f) Management of the YCAAD website and development of print media to enhance advertising of asthma and COPD research trials

g) Working with public affairs and CME offices of Yale and Yale New Haven Hospital to develop press releases and produce CME courses

Requirements:

- Duration of appointment. A two-year commitment is needed at a minimum

- Prior licenses and certifications. None needed

- Physical Requirements. Candidate will need to move in a timely manner between research sites, reach high spaces, carry samples, and accompany patients to studies.

- Education and experience. Applicants should have received an undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline within three years of the desired starting date or should expect to complete all requirements for such a degree prior to the desired starting date. Outstanding communication skills are a must, as is a good knowledge of word processing and data analysis software. Understanding of database structure, biomedical research, and basic statistics are preferred.

Please send CV to lindsey.kronkaitis@yale.edu

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    Wu Tsai Summer Undergraduate Fellowship

    Interested in doing research at Yale next summer? The Wu Tsai Undergraduate Fellowships Program is an opportunity for Yale undergraduates to perform cutting-edge research at the intersection of neuroscience, psychology, computer science, and engineering. Students from any major are invited to apply! Example research areas include the impact of trauma on memory, human-robot hide-and-seek games, and how flies estimate distance. 

    The deadline to apply is February 23, 2024 at 3:00pm EST, through the Yale fellowship portal

    For more information visit: https://wti.yale.edu/initiatives/undergraduate

    Wu Tsai Undergraduate Fellows conduct research with a Yale-affiliated faculty member from May 28 – August 2, 2024. They participate in weekly workshops, seminars, and social events and present their work to the WTI community during a closing symposium. We provide a competitive funding package.

    The program is open to first years, sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors interested in interdisciplinary neuroscience of relevance to cognition or in neuro-related computing or engineering. Students do not need to have prior research experience or a commitment from a host lab before applying. We particularly encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds or life experiences.

    Applications consist of a CV, a statement of purpose, a diversity and inclusion statement, a letter of recommendation, and the names of up to three WTI-affiliated faculty you would be interested in working with (you can use our Email Template to reach out to prospective faculty). Students who have already pre-identified or are working with a Yale faculty member are also able to apply. 

    Any questions? Feel free to schedule office hours with me, the Program Manager, or reach out to wti@yale.edu.

     
    RESEARCH TECHNICIAN - Genes and brain circuits underlying sleep regulation

     
    The Stavropoulos laboratory at the Waksman Institute and Rutgers University (https://www.stavropouloslab.org) is seeking a full-time research technician to perform research on the mechanisms that regulate sleep. Our studies use the fruit fly Drosophila to characterize genes and brain circuits underlying sleep-wake cycles. 

    Bachelor’s degree in science and prior laboratory experience are required. Emphasis in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or neuroscience is helpful. Candidates should be highly motivated, enthusiastic about research, and able to work both collaboratively and independently. This opportunity provides an ideal training environment for those pursuing careers in scientific research and medicine. 

    A two-year commitment is required. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, transcript, and a list of references to Dr. Nicholas Stavropoulos (stavropoulos@waksman.rutgers.edu) or apply at the Rutgers portal (https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/220671).

    TWO RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITIONS RELATED TO ELMORE LAB RESEARCH

    Two full-time research assistant positions currently open related to antimicrobial peptide projects. 

    One of these positions relates to a collaborative project with Mala Radhakrishnan focused on the design of DNA-binding antimicrobial peptides. This is likely to be a primarily computational position (focused on molecular dynamics simulations, electrostatics calculations and charge optimization approaches), although it will certainly involve overlap with experimental validation in the lab. The full description for this position is at this link:

    https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/en-US/recruiting/wellesley/wellesley-staff/job/Wellesley-College/Research-Assistant_R0004501-1

    The second position is part of collaborative work with Louise Darling focused on the systematic design of histone-derived antimicrobial peptides. It is expected that this would be a more experimentally-focused position considering microbiological, cell culture, microscopy and/or spectroscopic approaches to considering peptide activity and mechanisms. The full description of this position is at this link:

    https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/recruiting/wellesley/wellesley-staff/job/Wellesley-College/Research-Assistant_R0004527

    This opportunity is for recent graduates or others who might be interested in a 1-2 year position while contemplating graduate/professional school applications or careers in research. Please contact Don Elmore at delmore@wellesley.edu  with any questions about the positions.