The Evolution of Protein Structure and Function lab, see www.siltbergliberleslab.com, focused on conformational flexibility, functional divergence, and molecular mimicry has an opportunity for graduate students interested in combining research in molecular evolution & bioinformatics with education research. The lab resides in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University, Miami, FL, www.fiu.edu. For the molecular research aspect, projects may include investigating mechanisms of protein evolution, evolution of protein structure and function, molecular mimicry between viruses and their hosts, and virus evolution. There is flexibility in designing the molecular research project and innovative, creative project ideas are encouraged. For the education research, the project is focused on designing, implementing, and evaluating course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) on bioinformatics, genomics, and viruses. The long-term goal of the education research is to generate evidence-based research experiences in the classroom that increase access to biomedical research.
• An MS degree in e.g., bioinformatics, genetics, molecular sciences, computer science with a biology background OR an undergraduate degree in bioinformatics, biology, or genetics with research experience
• Programming skills in Python or R or an interest in learning to program
• Experience from being a learning assistant or similar
• Interest in both research and teaching
To apply to the graduate program in Biological Sciences, see case.fiu.edu/biology/phd-in-biology/admissions/index.html. Also, please send a pdf including your CV/resume, personal statement for why you would like to go to graduate school, and contact information for 2 references to Dr. Jessica Siltberg-Liberles (email@example.com). Please contact Dr. Siltberg-Liberles if you have any questions.