One of the major challenges of the post-genomic era is the identification of the DNA switches that control when and where the genes of an individual are turned on or off. Physical differences between cells are achieved during development by switching on and off distinct sets of genes within the common DNA sequence shared by virtually all cells in an organism. In addition, the modification of these switch sequences is an important mechanism in the evolution of animal shape. Our lab (http://people.clemson.edu/~bhersh/) uses the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to examine the function of non-coding DNA sequences that regulate the expression of protein-coding genes. We are specifically interested in the DNA sequences that respond to the Hox proteins, involved in the establishment of anterior-posterior patterning across the animal kingdom.
We are currently seeking a highly-motivated graduate student, interested in pursuing a PhD in biological sciences, to join our lab. All applicants should have a strong GRE score and undergrad GPA, be able to work well both in a team and independently, possess basic molecular biology skills and good English communication skills (oral and written). Undergraduate research experience in genetics or molecular biology is preferred, but not required. Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae (including GRE, GPA and TOEFL (if necessary)) and a 1-2 page statement of your professional goals and project interests. CV and statement should be submitted to Dr. Brad Hersh, firstname.lastname@example.org.