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Laura Peña-Serrano

 

Undergraduate Researcher Summer 2020

National Summer Undergraduate Research Project (NSURP)

Laura’s home institute is the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, where she is majoring in animal sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences with a minor in pre-veterinary medicine. During the summer of 2020 Laura is working with the group (remotely) to explore, discover, and annotate predicted phage proteins. She will share her work as a virtual poster in the NSURP end-of-summer final presentations program.

Laboratory Technician | seeking candidate to start Fall 2020/Spring 2021

The lab is currently seeking a technician to start in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. Major tasks initially include: 1) supporting all aspects of getting a new wet-lab up and rolling, and 2) supporting all aspects of establishing and characterizing culture collections of bacteria and phages from clinical and environmental samples. If you would enjoy this work, and have skills and experience that would make you successful in it, please email me with your CV and include a statement describing your qualifications, experience, and why you would like this position.

Graduate Students | starting Fall 2020 onward

The lab welcomes inquiries from individuals interested in joining the lab as graduate students to work on understanding phage-bacteria interactions in environmental and oral microbial communities, with all students expected to include both bioinformatics- and cultivation-based study of phages in their research programs. Students joining the group without external funding will be expected to prepare and submit at least one application for external funding support during their time in the program. Eligible avenues for joining the lab include admission into: the Oral Biology MS (deadline April 1, 2021) or Oral Biology PhD (deadline Feb 1, 2021) graduate programs in the School of Dental Medicine, or the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS) in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (deadline Dec 15, 2020). See the “Join” page for links.

Graduate Postdoctoral Associates & Fellows | starting Fall 2020/Spring 2021

The lab welcomes inquiries from individuals interested in joining the lab to work as postdocs on phage-bacteria interactions in the oral microbiome. Those joining the group without external funding will be expected to directly support current and developing project lines described on the “Home” page. Funding is currently available for a postdoctoral fellow through the NIH/NIDCR-funded “Advanced Training in Oral Biology” T32 National Research Service Award Institutional Training Grant (trainees must be US citizens or permanent residents to be eligible), as well as for a clinical dental specialist postdoctoral scholar through the NIH/NIDCR-funded “Buffalo Oral-Research and Specialty Training Program (BORST)” K12 (trainees must be US citizens or permanent residents to be eligible). If you are interested in joining the group please see the “Join” page for links & infos – and contact me by email, including your CV and a statement of interest.