Joining The Lab

We seek highly motivated students and postdocs with an interest in genetics, biochemistry, genomics, development, and systems biology. We also welcome those with backgrounds in engineering, chemistry, and physics who are interested in applying their expertise to biological systems.

We strive to create a diverse and civilized working environment where lab members operate with a generous spirit, discussing their newest findings and sharing ideas and expertise with one another. These characteristics, together with a strong desire to tackle big problems and make important contributions, are among the key factors in determining whether to accept someone into the lab.

Graduate Students

Graduate students generally enter the lab via one of the academic units of Stanford (for the example the Graduate Biosciences program; See also Chemical & Systems Biology and Developmental Biology). If you apply and are selected for a campus visit, please let us know if you are particularly interested in our work. We would be happy to try to coordinate your visit with Dan’s schedule.

If you are a current Stanford student interested in rotating, please email Dan.

Interested post-doctoral candidates should inquire by sending e-mail to Dan. Please also arrange to have a cover letter, your CV, and three letters of reference (electronic mail is preferred) sent to Emma Atul.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduates and others who are interested in working in the lab should contact Dan with a CV and summary of research interests. Information about proposals and deadlines for undergraduate research funding opportunities is available from the Stanford Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research and the SSRP program. Ideally we expect a long-term commitment to a research project, typically two academic years and a summer. Undergraduates will start out receiving credit for the first term and pay thereafter if the project works out and both sides wish to continue.

**Please note: if you don’t hear back from us it is likely because we haven’t received a reference letter (advisor’s letters are particularly important). Every now and then someone is traveling or something else falls through the cracks. If you haven’t heard back from us within two weeks of your letters being sent, please contact Emma Atul directly.