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Research Opportunities in the Evolutionary Immunology and Genomics lab

Interested in joining us? Please read below and send me an email. I can take graduate students through the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Anthropology, the Department of Animal Biology and can advise Vet MD/PhD students during their dissertation years. I am also willing to discuss coadvisement with other departments. I am currently looking for PhD students, but I am always willing to work with motivated trainees, no matter your stage of the game.

Broadly, I study how our evolutionary past affects genomic responses. The lab is very much focused on comparative primate immunity (innate), evolutionary immunology and infectious disease. Trainees are also welcome to pitch projects that connect these interests with other topics. For example, we often use agricultural models and OneHealth projects that cut across human and veterinary medicine are welcome. Students will be involved in data gathering via immunological and genomic techniques, as well as bioinformatic analysis. That means that students should be interested in human/non-human primate evolution, immunology, genomics, bioinformatics or infectious disease, have a strong background in statistics and be either competent in basic programming (i.e. R, linux) or committed to learning such programming very quickly. UIUC is a renowned supercomputing and genomics research institution. Trainees who learn and use these techniques are very well supported by institutional resources.

Above all else, we are looking for lab members with heart. A passion for the work is a must. Everything else can learned.

Thanks for your interest,
Jessica Brinkworth