Our lab philosophy: Ask important questions, read the literature, set up rigorous tests to generate answers, and critically evaluate your data (as well as that of others).
In its best form, science is fun, purpose-driven, exciting, and takes courage as well as a strong work ethic. However, scientific research can also be monotonous, frustrating, exhausting and terrifying (as you must communicate your research to others, and thus allow your work to be open to criticism). No research is wasted effort so long as it is a fair test of a novel, important and interesting question!
Interested in joining the lab?
I am always recruiting excellent graduate students through the Integrative Biology program here at UC Berkeley. If interested in joining the lab, please look at the program information here. Then, please send me an email that describes your interests and experience, as well as why you think the lab and University would be a good fit for you. CVs and examples of scientific writing also very helpful!
I am also open to hosting postdoctoral research fellows with complementary interests in disease/microbial ecology and evolution. Please feel free to contact me to discuss opportunities for funding (some examples of fellowships can be found here and if you are from Europe there are a number of additional opportunities).
There are a number of opportunities each year for undergraduate researchers. If you’re interested in joining, please contact me with a brief statement about why you are looking for a position, what your scientific interests are, and what stage you are currently in at UC Berkeley. There are numerous ways to join our research program, from research credit to fellowships.
Students and researchers joining the lab should be inquisitive, independent, diligent, collaborative, driven, creative, dedicated, dynamic, conscientious and industrious (or some combination of these traits; nobody is perfect!) Working knowledge is less important than a true desire to learn and understand, and I particularly value new members with skill sets and ideas outside of my own.
If you think this describes you, and you’d like to learn more about possible positions in the lab, please send me an up-to-date CV, a description of why you are interested in joining, and some evidence to support you meet the description above (ideally a sample of scientific writing you’ve produced thus far).