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Prospective Students/Post Docs

Join our lab!

What we do and who we are

Our lab studies the virology, immunology, and evolution of emergent viruses, with a focus on influenza virus, Zika virus, and SARS-CoV-2. We are located off campus at the AVRL building (585 Science Drive) in Research Park, just off the 6 bus line and near UW Health Research Park. Most of us drive (free parking), bike, or bus to work.

Prospective Postdocs

Please contact Tom via email with your CV, background, and research interests.

Prospective Graduate Students

If you are interested in joining our lab as a graduate student, you must first apply for a position in a graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We have worked with people in the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program and the Cellular and Molecular Biology program, but we are always willing to discuss having students from other programs come join our lab.

If you are already enrolled as a student in a graduate program and are interested in rotating through our lab, please contact Tom via email. Briefly describe your research background, and why you want to work with our group. We are generally interested in taking on rotating graduate students.

Prospective Undergraduate Students

We enjoy the opportunity to mentor undergraduate researchers — most members of the lab began their scientific careers as undergrads. Gaining experience with research as an undergraduate allows you to build research skills and learn about academic science, which will help prepare you for more advanced training. Our undergraduates have gone on to careers in medicine, academic research, and the biomedical industry. If you are an undergraduate interested in working with our lab, we would be excited to talk to you. We are always particularly interested in bringing on students from underrepresented backgrounds and/or are still exploring their interest in a career in research. We only accept current UW undergraduates. Otherwise, we have no formal requirements–we have mentored students from many different backgrounds and majors.

As an undergraduate researcher, we would expect you to spend a minimum of five hours per week in the lab. Undergraduates are expected to split time between their independent projects and general undergraduate duties to help keep the lab up and running. In addition, we expect the undergraduates we mentor to take on long term research projects over multiple semesters, which we will guide you through. We do not accept students for Bio 152 projects unless they have already spent at least one semester in the lab. We have found that it is too difficult for someone with no previous research experience to complete a meaningful Bio 152 project in just one semester.

Still interested in joining the lab? Fill out this form and we will get back to you soon.