Join us?

Undergraduate students:

We routinely take directed studies and honours students from UBC Biology, Integrated Science, Psychology, and other programs. If you are interested in working with us, please send an email to Ben with a brief description of past laboratory experiences (no specific experience is required!), timeline, and a short description of what you hope to get out of your time in the lab. This will help me determine whether there is a good fit between your interests and any of the ongoing projects spearheaded by graduate students and postdocs.

Graduate students:

At the graduate level, our research group is full and is not accepting new students for the 2024-2025 academic year. If your timeline fits with a fall 2025 start date, please send an email to Ben with a recent CV, contact information for three references, and a brief description of why you’re interested in the lab. We can take M.Sc. and Ph.D. students through the following programs: Zoology, Neuroscience, and Genome Sciences and Technology.

Postdoctoral researchers:

Candidates at the postdoctoral level should email Ben a CV, contact information for three references, and a brief proposal for a postdoctoral project. As a postdoctoral candidate, you will be expected to identify and apply for external funding (e.g. HFSP, NSERC, CIHR, Michael Smith). Before reaching out, you should research these mechanisms and present a timeline for applying to those for which you are eligible.

Citizen Science:

We recently began a project, led by Dr. Dan Peach (now at University of Georgia), Joshua Chen, and Danica Shannon, aimed at identifying mosquitoes using genome sequencing and DNA barcoding. We want to sincerely thank you all for the wonderful response to this project, and provide a quick update. We’ve received thousands of mosquitoes from all over BC and for the coming year are only accepting samples from the Central Coast, North Coast, Stikine, Peace River, and Kootney regions. We are currently processing the samples that have been sent in, but due to the overwhelming numbers that were submitted this is taking longer than anticipated. Thank you for your submissions and your patience!