Graduate Research Assistantship at Purdue University

Scholarship: Fully-Funded (tuition waiver and stipend of $24,520/year)
Degree: B.S., M.S.
Nationality: International Students
Location: USA
Application deadlines: Open

Scholarship Description:

The Lei Zhang lab at Purdue University ( is seeking highly motivated applicants for graduate study at PhD level for spring of 2022. The research assistantship of a PhD student provides tuition waiver and stipend of $24,520/year. Students with
molecular biology background are encouraged to apply. English proficiency test (TOEFL or IELTS) is required for non-native English-speaking international applicants. Plant-parasitic nematodes are microscopic soil-borne roundworms, they infect and damage plant roots causing annual crop losses valued at $80-$118 billion worldwide. The Zhang lab is aimed to enhance understanding of plant-nematode interactions and plant resistance to nematodes at molecular, organismal and population levels using a diverse array of approaches. Research results have been published on prestigious journals, including Nature Plants, PLOS Pathogens, Molecular Plant Pathology, Plant Disease.

Available Subjects:

Molecular biology

Eligibility criteria:

Prior research experience in plant-parasitic nematodes is NOT required for application. The successful applicants will have opportunities to be trained and work on basic research to study functions of virulent effector proteins secreted by plant-parasitic nematodes using protein-protein interactions, next-generation sequencing (NGS) and gene editing techniques; or applied project to develop novel bio-control agents against nematodes.

Application Procedure:

Interested students are asked to e-mail directly to Dr. Lei Zhang ([email protected]) the following documents: Resume, transcripts. The subject of the email should be “Research assistantship Spring 2022”. Screening of applications will begin on July 12, 2021.