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The goal of our program is to encourage students who are considering a career in science to participate in ongoing research projects and/or develop their own independent research. Our lab program provides a first-hand experience and an excellent opportunity to gain a better understanding of how biological knowledge is actually discovered. It will help students to develop the fundamental skills and techniques required to succeed in their own research while learning basic concepts in various areas of biological sciences. By working in our laboratory, students will learn what it is like to be involved in research and do science as a team.

Interested students should complete this form (MS Word) and e-mail it to Dr. Finkielstein.

For students interested in Independent Study and Undergraduate Research:

  • Requirements. Applicants are expected to meet a GPA of 3.5 (or higher) and show strong enthusiasm for science. Students are encouraged to take BIOL2104, Cell and Molecular Biology, before applying.
  • Commitment. Selected undergrads are expected a minimum of 15 hours/week of laboratory work. It is most desirable that this time be available in a small number of large blocks, for example, three afternoons per week. Working on weekends is possible. It is expected students to work in the lab for more than one semester in order to complete a research project.

For students interested in Honors Undergraduate Research:

We have a number of research projects suitable for an honors undergraduate research thesis in cell and molecular biology. If you are considering a Honors Thesis, please send me an e-mail with a brief description of your research interests and goals, which term(s) you wish to complete your research project in, and provide an electronic copy of your resume/c.v.

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Two (M.Sc. or Ph.D) positions are available for highly motivated and team player graduate students. They would be responsible for leading efforts to expand our knowledge in the regulation of cell cycle transitions in early Xenopus embryo development and in understanding cell and circadian cycles cross-talk mechanisms. These projects would especially be of interest to students who want to combine multidisciplinary approaches to tackle problems in the cell biology area. Research will be conducted in a very supportive environment that includes, if required, potential collaborations.

  • Requirements. The successful applicants will have completed, by spring 2010, a B.Sc. in a biological science area (molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology) and meet the requirements of the Virginia Tech graduate program (http://www.biol.vt.edu/graduate/index.htm). Previous laboratory experience (summer or honors research project) in molecular biology would be an asset. If you are interested, please forward the following information to me: a copy of your resume/c.v, a copy of a recent transcript, start date(s) you would prefer, and contact information for three references, to the address listed above. International applicants are acceptable but he/she should meet the departmental requirements (http://www.biol.vt.edu/graduate/apply.htm). A graduate Research Assistantship is available.


Under the general supervision of the principal investigator, the research technician will conduct a variety of routine and specialized laboratory experiments. The research technician will: actively contribute in ongoing research projects, perform specialized techniques and make decisions regarding the appropriate protocol/procedure necessary to achieve desired results, the reliability and accuracy of those results, and whether modification or repetition is necessary. Research projects involve molecular biology, biochemistry, and microscopy experiments.

  • Requirements. Applicants should have a M.S. in a relevant field (biology, biochemistry or related area), or comparable qualification. Two-three years of hands-on molecular biology/biochemistry experience in academia (outside of regular classroom lab setting) or industry is preferred. The successful candidate must have excellent quantitative, organizational and communication skills, be reliable and self motivated and be able to work independently with a minimum amount of direction and supervision, and in a group setting. Desirable attributes include an affinity for problem solving, learning new techniques/concepts, and organized record keeping. Work experience in molecular biology (cDNA synthesis, PCR, qRT-PCR, RNA extraction, cloning, western blotting, etc), protein expression and purification, and biochemistry are absolutely required. Good knowledge of desktop software applications and fluency in English is mandatory. Experience working with mammalian cell cultures. Ability to multitask several important assignments at once. Self-starter who is highly productive and efficient. Ability to troubleshoot independently. Ability to work according to a time constraints and complet work accurately. Ability to learn many advanced lab techniques and concepts. Interested candidates should apply for position number 0100319 at this link.




A two-three years postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately to conduct research in the area of signal transduction of circadian transcription factors and their implication in cell cycle regulation.

  • Requirements. Applicants must have an MD and/or Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular and/or cellular biology. The following key competencies are desired: highly motivated and interested in exploring new areas of research; good interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. A strong background and extensive experience in cell and molecular biology techniques are essential. The candidate will receive training and/or will be exposed to a variety of specific research techniques in cell biology (eggs fertilization, tissue culture, transfections, immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, etc.), molecular biology (promoter analysis, DNA footprinting, in situ hybridization, arrays, etc.), biochemistry (FPLC, mass spectroscopy, enzyme assays, etc.) and bioinformatics (database mining, sequence assembly, etc). To apply please send curriculum vitae, bibliography, research interest statement and career goals and the names and contact information of three references to my address (listed on top). Salary commensurate with experience.
Interested candidates should apply for position number 090760 at this link.
Last Update 9 January 2017
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