Graduate position: IowaStateU.EyeEvolution

PhD position in the evolution of visual systems: the origin of eyes and
how proteins gain and lose functions and interactions

The Serb lab at Iowa State University is looking for motivated
graduate students interested in the evolution of sensory systems
and their influence on biological diversity.  We focus on two
broad topics: (a) evolutionary origin of eyes and the proteins
underlying vision, and (b) the evolution of visually-mediated
behaviors and shell shape in different habitat types among diverse
bivalved mollusk species.  We use a variety of approaches including
comparative genomics, fieldwork, protein expression experiments, and

Access to recent publications from the Serb lab can be found here:

Interested students should email Dr. Jeanne Serb (
for more information.  Students can apply through the Ecology and
Evolutionary Biology (EEB) graduate program ( ).
Applications for full consideration for graduate college fellowships and
the deadline for general consideration is 1 January 2018.  ****I will
be attending the SICB meeting in San Francisco (3-7 January), and would
be happy to meet any interested student.****

EEB is an interdepartmental program of 50 faculty embedded in a highly
integrative and collaborative campus (
). Iowa State University is located in Ames, Iowa, a community of nearly
60,000, recently ranked as one of the most livable small cities in the
nation. The University enrolls more than 33,000 students and is committed
to achieving inclusive excellence through a diverse workforce. Iowa
State University values diversity and is an AA/EEO employer with an
ADVANCE program.  The Serb lab is committed to a diverse workplace,
and prospective students of all races, genders, and sexual orientations
are encouraged to apply.

Jeanne M. Serb, PhD
Associate Professor

Director, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Graduate Program

Dept Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology
Iowa State University
2200 Osborn Dr.
Room 251 Bessey Hall
Ames, IA 50011

Office: 245 Bessey Hall
Phone: 515-294-7479

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