Student/Postdoc Opportunities


I am looking for exceptional students who are excited for a training opportunity at the intersection of microbial physiology, evolutionary biology, computational biology, and synthetic biology. Perhaps one encompassing phrase would be “evolutionary systems biology”.

There are two routes to apply to join the lab, either through the departmental grad program in Biological Sciences, or through our interdisciplinary Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) Program. Either way, the first step would be to contact me directly, stating what it is you have done and are interested in and how that relates to the work done in the lab, and we can go from there.


Update (15 June, 2021): More funding is on the way! I just received word of funding last week from the DOE for a grant that combines our work on the formaldehyde stress response (such as our recent PLOS Biology paper), the role of lanthanides beyond methanol oxidation, conversion of aromatics into bioproducts, and has a big dose of phenotypic heterogeneity between single, genetically-identical cells (see abstract below). Single-cell heterogeneity has been a big theme for us ever since some really awesome work by former postdoc (now NASA Scientist) Jessica Lee that was published in PLOS Genetics a couple years ago.  This new grant also ties together collaborations between our lab and Andreas Vasdekis here in Physics, Ceci Martinez-Gomez at UC Berkeley, and Jeremy Draghi at Virginia Tech, all of which we are already collaborating with on multiple existing grants.

Please contact me via email (cmarx at to discuss further.


Update (3 November, 2017): I have generally had 3-5 undergrads in the lab, and all 4 current students finish at the end of Spring. As such, I am actively recruiting possible UGs to join the lab. All UGs split time between doing independent research associated with one of the grad students or postdocs in the lab, and doing general lab tasks that keep the whole show running. Send me an email and I’d be happy to talk about it.