Joining Our Group

We are a dynamic research team that works well together to foster scientific discovery. Requests to join our lab are welcome at any time and will receive careful review. All requests should be sent to Please include a statement of purpose and the anticipated time frame. Applications from groups underrepresented in the sciences, including first generation college graduates, are especially welcome to apply.

Current and Anticipated Openings

Openings for graduate students are anticipated for the upcoming academic year. See details below for application instructions. For other positions, please inquire.

Undergraduates are an important component of our research team.  Students who are considering Honors in Biology are particularly welcome to apply.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Prospective post-doctoral fellows should send a CV, a statement of career goals, a summary of research experiences, and a list of references.

Graduate Students

Prospective Ph.D. students should apply to the graduate program in Molecular Biosciences using the online application system. Prospective M.S. students should contact the lab before applying. Graduate students from other universities may perform thesis research in our group in consultation with your academic department.

Technical Staff

Our research team includes undergraduate student hourly workers as well as advanced Research Associates. Openings for technical positions will be advertised on our website and/or the KU Employment Opportunities web page.


Undergraduates from KU or other colleges and universities should send an inquiry to the email address above. Preparations for summer research activities begin in January, so students interested in summer research are strongly advised to inquire early.

REU Program for Undergraduate Researchers

The Department of Molecular Biosciences hosts an NSF-sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program during the summer. This 10-week research intensive program is targeted for students who are attending small colleges or non-KU universities. Please visit the REU website for additional information and application materials.

High School Students

We have occasionally orchestrated summer internships in biology and computer programming applications for exceptionally motivated and talented high school students. We work with your high school biology teacher or guidance counselor to set up these internships.


Inquiries from members of the broader scientific community, including potential collaborators, are also welcome. Please send inquiries to the email address above.

Life In Lawrence

The University of Kansas is a distinguished university in Lawrence, Kansas, a vibrant college town. Lawrence is situated between the Kansas and Wakarusa rivers 25 miles east of Topeka and 40 miles west of Kansas City. The University of Kansas has a highly developed research infrastructure to support a wide array of scientific activities.