The Evolutionary Immunology laboratory (https://evoecoimmunol.wordpress.com/) at Ashoka University has multiple fully-funded open positions for PhD students, Project Assistants and postdoctoral research scientists with interests and skillsets in molecular biology, bioinformatics and evolutionary biology. Our current research aims to identify the genomic bases and molecular processes that govern the outcome of host-pathogen interactions, the evolution of pathogen resistance strategies and immunity against chronic infections, using insect models such as fruit flies and flour beetles. They also analyses the importance of specific environmental variations such as malnutrition or climate warming that are known to increase infection prevalence and vulnerability by impairing the host’s health, thereby playing instrumental roles in shaping how host and pathogens interact and influence each other.
The PhD students/Project assistants/postdoctoral researchers can participate in any of several ongoing projects in the broader areas of host-pathogen interactions and the development and evolution of the immune system against pathogens. They will have the opportunity to develop and apply cutting-edge molecular and bioinformatics tools, generate and analyse various NGS data (e.g., genome, transcriptome & metagenome), field-based experimentation, design experimental evolution, population dynamics or experimental ecology projects, and apply advanced statistical methods to existing datasets in the lab. The ideal candidates should be equally enthusiastic about evolutionary as well as molecular aspects of host-pathogen interactions, disease and immunity.