We have a dynamic lab that believes in having fun while conducting great science.
Mt. Jefferson in the Oregon Cascades. (c) Mike Putnam.
My students and postdocs have worked on a wide variety of projects. I encourage independence, creativity and leadership by everyone working in my lab. We work as an interconnected and supportive team, and the lab maintains something of an irreverent sense of humor. Please contact Patrick (email@example.com) if you have any questions about joining the lab.
Graduate students: I am always interested having talented and highly motivated students join my lab. The majority of my students have been supported by individual fellowships or departmental training grants during their time with me, although other sources of research funding are available. Although I have had students work on bacteria, lizards, and plants, most students work on either theoretical projects or research involving nematodes. While academic excellence is an important part of our admissions process, evidence of commitment to hard work necessary to excel in research is equally important to me. I have been blessed to have many excellent graduate students, who have nearly all gone onto postdoc and/or faculty positions.
Postdocs: The lab usually has a number of postdoctoral fellows as members, and I am always happy to talk to individuals who are interested in joining the lab. We currently do not have separate funding for new postdocs, but there are multiple avenues for obtaining individual funding and I can sometimes swing short term funding until indpendent funding can be identified. It usually helps to begin discussions about these options well in advance of need, since they usually involve an application process of some kind. We usually have both theoretical and empirically oriented postdocs in the lab.
Undergraduates: Individual research in a laboratory is perhaps the best way to really learn biology. We usually have 5-10 undergraduate students working in the lab, both as laboratory technicians and as research assistants receiving academic credit. We are most interested in students who are able to make a long term commitment to the lab. Most students who are in the lab for more than a year develop their own independent research projects, and many of these lead to honors theses. I am always happy to serve as a faculty advisor for theses in the Clark Honors College as well. Our undergraduates have been admitted to a number of fine graduate schools, as well as medical and professional programs.