(by ashingle from uic.edu)
Mon Nov 26 10:37:27 EST 2018
Graduate opportunities focusing on eco-evo-devo are available in Alexander Shingleton’s laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Shingleton Lab uses Drosophila as a model to understand how the environment regulates development to generate phenotypic plasticity and how this regulation evolves. Research in the lab spans multiple disciplines including developmental genetics, physiology, bioinformatics, mathematical modeling, ecology and evolutionary biology, and the project will incorporate many of these. The focus of the graduate research is flexible, but possible projects include: the developmental regulation of body size in response to temperature; the coordination of growth and patterning in response to environmental perturbation; the evolution of nutritional plasticity.
You should hold a bachelor’s degrees with a major in any natural science, but must be comfortable exploring biological processes at multiple levels of organization. The ideal candidate will have some experience in Drosophila developmental genetics, but individuals with research experience in any natural science are encouraged to apply. Ideally, you should have a solid background in statistics and/or coding and be comfortable with learning R. Candidates who are interested in mathematical modeling of biological processes are particularly encouraged to apply. The position is funded through a combination of TAships and RAships.
The Shingleton Lab offers a dynamic work environment with excellent opportunities for independent and collaborative research. We have a track record of mentoring undergraduate research, and graduates with an interest in working with undergraduates will find a particularly welcoming environment.
The Shingleton Lab moved to UIC in August 2018 and is within the Ecology and Evolution Group in the Department of Biological Sciences. The department is home to a diverse and dynamic set of research groups who study a wide-variety of biological questions, utilizing a correspondingly wide-variety of tools and techniques. The department is located in the center of Chicago. More details of the lab, department and university can be found here:
Interested candidate should contact ashingle from uic.edu for further information, and include a CV.
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