University of Memphis: PhD position

Posted on December 27, 2022
Expires: February 29, 2024

The Zhang Lab at the University of Memphis is seeking applicants for PhD students to work on projects related to the variations and adaptations in animal physiology starting fall 2023. Prospective students will work on NSF funded projects including biochemical, cellular and physiological mechanisms of avian coloration and/or phenotypic flexibility. The Zhang lab works on the interface of biomedical, biochemical and evolutionary fields to answer both evolutionary and biomedical questions. For evolutionary studies, we are interested in bioenergetic adaptations between different life history strategies. For biomedical aging studies, we are interested in mitochondrial bioenergetics, reactive oxygen species production, and oxidative stress in aging and age-related diseases. The candidate will also have the opportunity to work on other model species in the lab including long-lived organisms such as naked mole-rat and Damaraland mole-rat, and mechanisms underlying host-pathogen interaction. Previous experiences on laboratory techniques and research experiences are preferred, but not required. However, the candidate must show your willingness to learn and demonstrate great work ethic. The successful applicant is also expected to have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. We are especially keen on recruiting candidates from underrepresented backgrounds. We collaborate with many other academic labs on and off campus. We also work closely with industry. We encourage students in the lab to engage with any or all of these opportunities.


Required Qualifications:

1) A Bachelor’s Degree in biology, physiology, evolution or related field


Desired Qualifications (one or more):

1) Experience with animal models

2) Experience with cell culture

3) Knowledge of physiology or biochemistry


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