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The Rokas Lab, Summer 2016

Back row: Xiaofan / Zack / Sean / Antonis / Kris
Middle row: Matt / Michelle / Mara / Juan / Haley / Julie
Front row: Kitae / Xing-Xing / Yuyu / Abigail / Jen / Maddison
Not present: Sam, Alex, and Rebecca


Current Team Members

Matt Mead Mingshuang Wang
PostDoctoral Fellow PostDoctoral Fellow
B.Sc., Iowa State Univ. B.Sc., China Jiliang University
Ph.D., Univ. Wisconsin-Madison Ph.D., Zhejiang University

Xing-Xing Shen Abbe L. LaBella
PostDoctoral Fellow PostDoctoral Fellow
B.Sc., Hainan Univ. B.Sc., American University
Ph.D., Sun Yat-sen Univ.  Ph.D., Duke University

Juan Ortiz Alex Borowsky
Graduate Student Undergraduate Researcher
B.Sc., Univ. Nacional de Colombia
M.Sc., Univ. Wyoming

Mara Kim Haley Eidem
Graduate Student Graduate Student
B.Sc., Vanderbilt Univ. B.A., St. Olaf College
Personal website

Michelle Moon Jacob Steenwyk
Graduate Student (jointly with Abbot lab) Graduate Student
B.Sc., Seoul National Univ. B.Sc., Clark Univ.
M.Sc., Clark Univ.
Personal website

Zackery Ely Maddison Johnson
Undergraduate Researcher Undergraduate Researcher

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The PI


Antonis Rokas
Professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Informatics, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Biological Sciences
B.Sc., Univ. Crete
Ph.D., Edinburgh Univ.
PostDoc, Univ. Wisconsin

Curriculum Vitae
Google Scholar Profile

Joining the Lab

Undergrads / Grads / PostDocs

Undergraduates excited about research and who have experience in evolutionary biology, molecular biology, or computational biology are encouraged to apply for a position in our lab. A minimum commitment of 12 hours per week during academic terms (for course credit) and full-time during summers (for pay), is expected. It is also expected that undergraduates will be willing to apply to the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program (for their summer stipends) and to perform research over multiple semesters. Candidates interested in joining our lab should email Antonis with a brief statement that explicitly states why they want to join our lab, CV and the contact details of two course instructors / evaluators.


Candidate graduates interested in conducting their work in our lab are encouraged to apply either to the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) or to the Biological Sciences Program (BSP). Students in the IGP rotate through 4 different labs in the first year, thus gaining a diversity of research experiences and evaluating the goodness-of-fit of several different labs. Students in the BSP rotate through 2 or 3 labs but typically commit to joining a particular lab upon acceptance to the program. Candidates interested in joining our lab through either of these programs should email Antonis with a cover letter that explicitly states why they want to join our lab, statement of research interests, CV and the contact details of three evaluators.


Talented and motivated postdoctoral candidates with relevant experience in evolutionary biology, molecular biology, computational biology, genomics, bioinformatics and related fields interested in joining our lab should email Antonis with a cover letter that explicitly states why they want to join our lab, statement of research interests, pdf reprints of published papers, CV and the contact details of three evaluators. A track record of high-quality publications, excellent communication skills, enthusiasm for basic research, and a collaborative approach to science is expected.