If you are interested to join the laboratory, do contact us about opportunities for postdoctoral research, graduate studentships and undergraduate research experience.

Two postdoctoral positions are available on the gut microbiome of Drosophila

A NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available immediately to investigate how gut microorganisms, including transient probiotic taxa, protect the animal host against hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia.  The project will determine the impacts of microbial fermentation compounds, including products of polymicrobial metabolism, on host energy storage, with particular emphasis on the mobilization of lipid; and explore the metabolic effects of probiotic Lactobacillus in the context of different microbial communities.  For this position, previous experience of metabolism and basic molecular biology is essential, and the successful applicant will be expected to have a strong commitment to developing the Drosophila system as a biomedical model for microbiome research.

A postdoctoral position funded by the NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity Program is available immediately to investigate the impact of gut microbiota on ecologically-important traits in Drosophila species, with particular emphasis on the utilization of different natural foods and resistance to natural enemies, and how interactions with endosymbionts (Wolbachia, Spiroplasma) may influence these traits.  Previous experience of next generation sequencing methods is essential, and previous experience of interactions between animals and beneficial microbes is strongly preferred.

To apply, please contact Angela Douglas at, providing your CV, including details of two referees. The covering letter should include an explanation of how your qualifications and experience make you a good candidate for the position.  Please make clear which position you are applying for, To ensure full consideration, all materials should be received by Friday 25th August, 2017; however, applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Informal inquiries are welcome.

These positions are available only to applicants with a PhD in a biological discipline with a proven track record of effective research output. Competitive salaries commensurate with experience and skills will be offered, as well as generous benefits.

Graduate Studies

Students with an interest in symbiosis, animal-microbial interactions and metabolism are especially encouraged to contact us.  Applications can be made through the Graduate Field of Entomology, Graduate Field of Genetics & Development, Graduate Field of Nutrition, or the Graduate Field of Microbiology, with excellent funding opportunities.
We aim to offer a broad training, providing the opportunity for students to experience independent research and team-working, and enabling them to follow their own research goals.  Specific research skills provided include genomics, molecular and whole-organism physiology, experimental design, and statistics.  We have weekly lab meetings, and students are encouraged to attend regular discussion groups across campus (e.g. Symbiosis Group, Gut Group, Ecology & Evolution of Infection and Disease Group, Plant-Insects Group,… and more) and regular seminars in the Department and across campus.
To discuss opportunities further, do contact us.  The annual deadline for applications to enroll is in December of each year.

Undergraduate Opportunities

Working in a research lab is excellent experience for students intending to enroll into graduate school or take up a career in research.  We regularly have opportunities, especially for students interested in insect-microbial interactions, genomics and in applying bioinformatics tools to biological problems.  Previous experience is not required, but it is essential you are motivated to learn, reliable and have initiative.