Graduate position: OklahomaStateU.AmphibianDiseaseResistance

Graduate Student Positions in Amphibian Disease Ecology/Evolution
> The Waldman lab in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oklahoma
> State University studies amphibian ecology, evolution, behavior, and
> conservation biology. We take a multi-faceted approach to increasing our
> knowledge of how frogs and salamanders respond to their environment.
> Although threats posed by emerging infectious disease shape much of our
> current work, potential projects are not limited to this topic. We
> welcome new lab members who wish to pursue graduate studies in all
> related research areas.
> Projects in our laboratory currently underway include:
> 1. How did amphibian chytrid fungus spread from Asia and what are its
>   effects?
> 2. How does adaptive immunity to the chytrid pathogen evolve?
> 3. What is the role of innate immunity in conferring disease resistance?
> 4. Identification of microbiome correlates of disease resistance and
>   tolerance.
> 5. Life-history effects of infection and investment in immune responses.
> 6. Genomic analyses of behavioral strategies to cope with infection.
> 7. How do pesticides and herbicides impact disease resistance?
> 8. What are the genetic underpinnings of social recognition?
> To answer these questions, our laboratory makes use of modern methods
> to study population genetics, genomics and transcriptomics.
> Students are treated as independent investigators and are encouraged to
> propose and follow up on new ideas. We keep up-to-date on current
> research developments with weekly lab meetings.
> Graduate teaching assistantships with competitive stipends and full
> tuition waiver are available to all graduate students. Research
> assistantships also are available when funds permit.
> Oklahoma State University is a Carnegie Tier 1 research university with
> excellent facilities for research and instruction. The Department of
> Integrative Biology is a growing department with 24 faculty and over 65
> graduate students, all working on interrelated themes in ecology,
> evolution, and environmental stress. Collaborations among research
> groups within the department, and with partner research groups in the
> USA and internationally, are encouraged. Interactions with other labs
> enhance the depth and breadth of our students’ graduate careers.
> Oklahoma State University is located in Stillwater, rated the
> friendliest college town in America. The close-knit college community
> offers a low cost of living, diverse restaurants, a thriving music scene,
> and a local airport served by several daily commercial flights. Not far
> away, two major metropolitan areas (Tulsa and Oklahoma City) provide
> access to trendy shopping, dining, and cultural activities. Because of
> its mid-continent location that spans a broad expanse of habitats, from
> deciduous forest to semi-arid grasslands, Oklahoma comprises a rich
> tapestry of prairie and forest ecosystems which support an exceptional
> level of biodiversity.
> For further details, or to discuss possibilities, please contact
> Professor Bruce Waldman
> Department of Integrative Biology
> 501 Life Sciences West
> Oklahoma State University
> Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078
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