Graduate Research in Genomics of Emerging Viruses:
A graduate student position (MS, or MS progressing to PhD) is available to study genomics of emerging zoonotic viruses in avian, bat, swine, and marine mammal species. Projects aim to develop laboratory and bioinformatics protocols for virus detection, next-generation sequencing, and genome analysis. Viruses are isolated from surveillance projects on zoonotic diseases in Alaska and Eurasia, including avian and swine influenza, African swine fever, and RNA viruses of bats.
Thesis research will be in-depth study of evolution and virus-host interactions of novel strains. Successful applicants may also have opportunities to participate in field surveillance and international capacity-building projects.
Our interdisciplinary lab is located in the state-of-the-art Conoco Phillips Integrated Science Building in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Anchorage, Alaska, is a diverse and vibrant small city on the border of the north Pacific and sub-Arctic, surrounded by amazing mountains, wilderness, and wildlife. The University of Alaska Anchorage is an equal opportunity employer.