Join the lab

We are a young research group at the University of Arizona and we work at the interface of molecular and experimental evolution, genome engineering, biochemistry, molecular biology and astrobiology.

We are accepting graduate students and postdocs/research scientists to start as early as January 2019. There are multiple funded projects in the lab for researchers interested in the origins of life, astrobiology and molecular/experimental evolution. Students can apply through the Molecular and Cellular Biology and Astronomy Programs.

We are also recruiting multiple postdoc/research scientists with backgrounds in phylogenetics, with particular emphasis on ancestral sequence reconstruction and with expertise in biochemistry and molecular biology, focusing on enzyme purification and analyses.

Motivated undergraduates are always welcomed and encouraged to reach out to me for open positions, regardless of the major you opt to pursue. For more information, contact me at betul @ arizona. edu with your CV and a brief statement of interests and experiences as they relate to the research topics described here.   

In general, we are looking for team members who have good personal skills, a willingness to work across disciplinary boundaries, and who are enthusiastic about developing novel experimental systems and techniques. Team members need to have a true interest in fundamental questions that relate to evolution (at the molecular or systems levels), the origins of life and astrobiology. We collaborate with geologists, microbiologists, geneticists and astronomers, so please expect to work in a transdisciplinary research environment. If your skills aren’t listed above, but you are interested in our work and see a possible role for yourself in the group, please feel free to contact Betul.

We conduct our research activities under two themes:

University of Arizona Molecular and Cellular Biology Student Coordinator:
Denise Slay (

University of Arizona Astrobiology Program:

University of Arizona Department of Molecular and Cell Biology:

University of Arizona Department of Astronomy: