Information for students interested in working in my group
(PhD or MSc studies or computational biology projects)
We have several fascinating projects, including:
- Lineage tree - based studies of mutations in antibody genes
- Analysis of lymphocyte repertoires
- Simulations of antibody gene rearrangement
- Math modeling of lymphocyte population dynamics
- Math modeling of immune cell recovery from stem cell transplantation
- Analysis of stem cell transplantation patient data
- Analysis of cell marker data from HIV patients
- BSc Biology or Biotechnology - advanced lab: Students doing advanced lab projects with us with us are encouraged to take the course immunology B (3rd year, fall term); and to participate in our lab meetings if possible. Our (computational) projects are good for students with a strong background in mathematics and/or computer programming, or biology students interested in bioinformatics.
- BSc Computational Biology or CS - Final Project: Requirements are the same as above. Any additional experience with computers or higher level math will be an advantage.
- MSc: Knowledge levels needed (Comp Bio graduates have all this background): For math modeling projects: Understanding of differential equations, their analysis and usage; + at least basic statistics. For simulations or bioinformatics projects: A background and/or work experience in computer programming (preferably object-oriented programming), at least equivalent to a minor BSc degree. For all projects: basic knowledge or interest in biology. If you are looking for an MSc project in the Life Sciences faculty and you do not have a biology background, you will first have to take a completion year of additional studies in biology - please see the faculty website. MSc projects in computer science or engineering are possible with an additional advisor from those departments.
- PhD: Same knowledge requirements as for MSc, plus research experience (MSc project).
- Post-Doctoral Training: The previously advertised position is filled, but you are welcome to apply if you have your own funding. Strong proof of your productivity (publications in international journals), independence and motivation (recommendations) is necessary.
2) When to apply:
Prof. Mehr is willing to advise students any time (by email, see below). However, the best times are as follows.
- Post-Doctoral Training: any time.
- PhD studies: any time.
- MSc studies: The MSc program in the Life Sciences Faculty starts in the fall term only. Registration is in the previous spring. So it is best to start asking between February-June, but you can ask any time.
- Computational Biology Final Projects: Contact us in the spring/summer for projects the following year.
- Advanced lab projects: registration for these projects is around March every year for the following year.
3) How to contact us:
Please send email email@example.com mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org , explaining what you are interested in, and attach:
- Your CV,
- Any publications or reports you have from your previous research projects,
- Your grades in your previous studies (full lists),
- A brief statement of your research interests, career goals and plans,
- Names of people who will be willing to recommend you e.g., advisors from previous studies, projects or jobs (please give names + phone numbers and/or email addresses of these persons).