Graduate position:UHawaii.GenomicsAndSymbiosis

I am recruiting graduate students for Fall 2018 to study the evolution and genomics of insect-microbe symbioses at the University of Hawaii.

The Chong lab uses a combination of experimental, molecular, and bioinformatic approaches to investigate the evolution and genomics of symbiosis. Research in the lab currently focuses on (1) understanding how accelerated rates of mutation accumulation in symbionts  impacts genome evolution and host fitness (2) investigating the processes that shape the evolutionary trajectory of symbiotic lineages. Our lab uses the model system for symbiosis, pea aphids and their symbiont Buchnera aphidicola, as well as other insect-symbiont systems to investigate these topics. We also use vertebrate systems to investigate additional questions related to cytonuclear interactions and genome coevolution.

Students with experience in evolution, genomics, organismal biology, and/or bioinformatics are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information about the lab please visit:

Prospective students are encouraged to email Becky Chong at Please include in your email a statement about 1) the research questions that you would like to pursue and how these fit in with current lab research, 2) a brief overview of your previous academic and research experiences, and 3) a CV (and GRE scores if available).

***Note: In order to apply for the program you must have taken the GRE, and applicants with a first language other than English must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The deadline for application to the graduate program is December 15, 2017.
For information about graduate admissions visit:
For information about the program and department visit:

Dr. Rebecca A. Chong
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Integrative Biology
University of Texas at Austin

Beginning January 2018:
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Hawaii