We are always interested in adding new people to our team, including graduate students, postdocs, physicians, research scientists (experimental and computational), technicians, and undergraduates. No particular expertise is required– we are building a diverse team to tackle hard questions with implications for both basic science and medical practice. Please indicate your research interests and attach a CV when getting in touch about joining the lab.
Graduate students not currently enrolled in a PhD program should apply to one of the many relevant PhD programs at MIT, which include Computational and Systems Biology, Microbiology, and Health Sciences and Technology. Prospective students interested in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (Ecology and Evolution track) PhD program should contact me after submitting their application materials.
Some tips for applying to PhD programs: Recommendation letters and your personal statement are very important. For recommendation letters, pick the most credentialed individuals you know who can also speak in specifics about your accomplishments and potential. Start thinking about your personal statement early, and focus on what gets you jazzed up about doing science. When I’m reading personal statements, conceptual ideas catch my eye much more than “I want to save lives” or “I have always loved collecting insects”, but each reader is different. Grades matter a lot more for some PhD programs than others. If you are interested in working in my lab and have excellent credentials and less-excellent grades, get in touch and I may quickly respond with a recommended program. Beyond that, I do not interact with graduate students outside of the formal application process.