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Joining the Group


Candidates should be highly motivated and excited to employ directed evolution to create novel proteins for useful applilactions and/or investigate the origin of functional proteins. We are especially interested in applicants with a solid expertise in molecular biology, excellent communication skills, a proven publication record and enthusiasm and motivation to do science in a collaborative and friendly environment.

Please send a cover letter explaining your motivation and goals for working in this area of research (!), a description of your previous research experience and scientific interest together with your CV, list of publications and the names of three references to:

PhD Students

The doctoral students in the group have joined us from different backgrounds and universities in the US, Italy and Taiwan. You should have studied Biochemistry, Chemistry or similar. Dr. Seelig has graduate faculty appointments with the following programs - for information on admission please visit the respective websites:

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics PhD degree

Microbial Engineering M. Sc. degree

Medical Scientist Training Program (Preceptor) MD/Ph.D. degree

Dr. Seelig is also a trainer for the NIH Biotechnology Training Grant and the NIH Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant. Qualified graduate student from our lab can apply for a prestigious fellowship on those training grants for up to two years.

Non-US graduate students are encouraged to apply to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute: International Student Research Fellowship.

Undergraduate Researchers

We are working with a wonderful team of excellent undergraduate students. Undergrads usually start to work under the guidance of an experienced doctoral or postdoctoral student in an ongoing project. The goal for new students is to quickly become independent in executing their own experiments. We are looking for outstanding undergraduates ideally with a major in Biochemistry. Previous lab experience is appreciated but not necessary. What we value most is enthusiasm, dedication and the ability to learn quickly. Ideally, your first project will be just the beginning of your research with us for several years.

Undergraduate students will either be funded through UROP fellowships, a variety of other prestigious stipends (see table below), or through research grants. Students are also encouraged to register for Directed Research for credit and eventually work on their Honors Theses. In order to gain a meaningful and productive research experience, we expect students to work with us for 15 hours per week during the semester and full time for a substantial fraction of the summer. Please include your CV when you contact us.

Scholarships for Undergraduate Researchers

Funding Source


2020 Due Dates


Feb 24


Feb 2


Mar 2

McNair Scholars

rolling basis

CBS Scholarships

Feb 7

National/International Scholarships