Research Opportunities in the Evolutionary Immunology and
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, and am willing to discuss coadvisement with other departments. I am currently looking for PhD students (see ad below), 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. 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.
If you would like to join, please take a closer look at my current research and send me an email describing your research interests, projects/project areas you think might be fun, broad career goals, and CV.