Graduate students in protein bioinformatics and education research

Florida International University
Biological Sciences
United States FL Miami


We seek graduate students interested in both protein bioinformatics and education research to start in Fall 2024. For the protein bioinformatics part, 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 part, 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 e.g., to generate a framework of evidence-based research experiences for the classroom to increase access to bioinformatics driven biomedical research. The education research component may also include contributing to developing a research focused learning assistant (LA) model.


• An undergraduate or MS degree in bioinformatics, biology, genetics, or similar with research experience
• Programming skills in Python or R
• Interest in both research and teaching

Start date

August 19, 2024

How to Apply

Email Dr. Jessica Liberles ( with your CV, personal statement, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for 3 references by Nov 15.
Use the subject header: Grad student applicant for Fall 24

Top candidates for these positions will be invited to a Zoom interview before the formal deadline (Dec 1, 2023) to the graduate program in Biological Sciences at Florida International University, see


Jessica Liberles