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Graduate Students

I am always on the lookout for motivated and outstanding students to join my research program. If you are interested in joining the lab there are three different graduate programs you can apply to at UMass:

Each of these has a different focus within the biological sciences, and the most suitable program for you will depend on your particular research interests. Prior to applying, I encourage you to check out the information on each graduate program’s website. Further information about UMass, the Biology Department, the Graduate School, and the lovely Amherst area can be found at each of the highlighted links. Feel free to contact me ( with any further questions about applying to graduate school at UMass.

I am happy to sponsor US citizens or residents that are interested in applying for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship or NIFA predoctoral fellowship. International applicants may want to look into Faculty for the Future fellowships.


I generally only have open positions for postdoctoral researchers when a grant has been newly funded. However, I continuously welcome applicants who can find their own sources of funding. Below is a list of possible postdoctoral fellowships, some of which are available to international applicants too:

NSF Postdoctoral fellowship

NIH Postdoctoral fellowship

Faculty for the Future fellowship

L’Oreal Fellowships for Women in Science 

Branco Weiss fellowship 

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation fellowship 

Human Frontier Science Program 

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs (also available for graduate students)

NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Education and Workforce Development (EWD) (also available for graduate students)


Research experience is an important part of an undergraduate education and can be of great benefit to the development of your professional career. I periodically accept undergraduates for training in my lab. If you are interested in hands-on laboratory work involving plant evolutionary genetics, please contact me ( Please be prepared to provide a CV and contact information for one or two references. If you are interested in developing your honors thesis in my lab, you should contact me no later than halfway through your Junior year. Biology majors at UMass can also apply for any positions in my lab posted in BURA.