The Hunter Lab (www.hunterflylab.com) in the Department of Biology at Clarkson University focuses on mechanisms of tissue patterning during development in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. We use quantitative microscopy, biochemical, cell biological, and genetic approaches to investigate questions at the intersection of biology, physics, and engineering, including:
- feedback mechanisms between cell morphology and cell fate determination.
- molecular mechanisms that regulate cell protrusion dynamics
- the development of novel, ex vivo, strategies for the manipulation of biological pattern formation.
Our overall goal is to understand how local signaling mechanisms contribute to the emergence of tissue patterns.
We are seeking graduate students that have some experience with molecular biology techniques, which may include previous coursework during their undergraduate or master's degree. Previous experience with Drosophila melanogaster is not required.
Graduate Teaching Assistantship (TA) involves about 20 hours of work each week (typically TA for 2 lab sections and oversight of grading) and qualifications include good interpersonal skills and good to excellent command of the English language. It is expected that the graduate student will participate in both research projects and teaching support. The yearly stipend can be as much as $25,000 USD and includes a tuition waiver. Health insurance is provided through the Clarkson Plan which is the same for all Clarkson employees.
Clarkson University is a private, national research University leading in technological education and sustainable economic development. Clarkson offers graduate programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, and Health Sciences, with onsite, online and hybrid modes of study. We educate 4,300 students and pursue interdisciplinary research, scholarship and innovation.
Clarkson’s main campus is located in Potsdam, New York, on the historic 640-acre wooded homestead of the Clarkson family in the foothills of the Adirondack Park. With roughly 15,000+ year-round residents, the Village of Potsdam is nestled along the Raquette River in the heart of St. Lawrence County.
Clarkson University’s International Center will provide visa support in the event the selected candidate is a non-US citizen.