Information for prospective students

We are looking for motivated students with excellent problem solving and computational skills to join in our research. The success of every one of our students is important to us. The student-advisor relationship is a big investment on both parts, and we take it seriously. Because coming up with a good idea is the most important part of science, students will develop their own projects, with guidance by the PI. Making sure that you have a solid publication record by the time you graduate is one of our top priorities. So, in addition to their main project, students will be encouraged to adopt lighter-weight and quick-to-publish side projects, as well as assist other lab members with their projects in exchange for co-authorship. We have some ideas for project themes available on this page; some are better specified than others, and you need not choose one of them, though a research topic should fall under the umbrella of existing themes in the lab.

Academia is an extremely competitive business. In order to help you succeed, we will take only a few students at a time, balancing available attention from the lab head, with the availability of peers. To be accepted in the lab, you will have to demonstrate a high level of analytical skills, as well as attention to detail during your rotation project. We also value a good social fit with existing laboratory members. If you wish to pursue a career outside of academia, we urge you to also choose a co-advisor with greater industrial experience, or to plan an outside internship as a part of your Ph.D. studies.

A few words of  advice. You sould also look for opportunities to apply for independent funding, to get experience writing grants. Also, you should do everything possible to seek out opportunities to teach in an officially recognized structured setting, such as a teaching assistanship, or, preferably, a lecturership. You don't have to get grants to get a Ph.D. at OIST, but this skills is essential for your future life in academia. A top graduate student finishing a Ph.D. should have a solid record of both grants and teaching, on top of a strong publication record.

Information for OIST rotation students

We try to make sure that the rotation provides a meaningful experience for you, regardless of you prior academic background. You will be given a part of a project to work on with a current full-time lab member. In return, we expect your dedication for the duration of your rotation, and that you will be an active contributor to our research effort. We fully expect you to commit at least the 20 hours a week required by OIST to your rotation, and to present your progress along with the other lab members at our weekly meeting. Your intellectual contribution to the work is just as important as your physical presence.

Grading policy for rotation students. Showing up and doing the work required will get you a B grade. Intellectual commitment and contribution will be necessary for a full A mark. This means extending your task in novel and creative ways, through thinking and reading the literature. An A grade comes with the added benefit of a co-authorship, if we end up using your data in the final publication. Missing appointments with lab members, or mutually agreed upon deadlines without prior approval will result in grade markdowns.

Information for prospective interns

We are generally happy to host students through OIST's excellent research intern program. However, the PI will be going on a fellowship at the Australian National University, starting late 2017 and until 2012, and we will not accept interns during this time. Interested applicants who have their own funds, are welcome to apply for an internship at ANU.

Publications including current and former students

This includes rotation students and interns. Students' names are highlighted in bold.

  • C. Morandin, M.M.Y. Tin, S. Abril, C. Gómez, L. Pontieri, M. Schiøtt, L. Sundström, K. Tsuji, J.S. Pedersen, H. Helanterä, A.S. Mikheyev. Comparative transcriptomics reveals the conserved building blocks involved in parallel evolution of diverse phenotypic traits in ants. Genome Biology, 17:43, 2016
  • A.S. Mikheyev, M.M.Y. Tin, Jatin Arora and T.D. Seeley, Museum samples reveal rapid evolution by wild honey bees exposed to a novel parasite. Nature Communications, 6:7991, 2015 
  • S.D. Aird, S. Aggarwal, A. Villar-Briones, M.M.Y. Tin, K. Terada, and A.S. Mikheyev. Snake venoms are integrated systems, but abundant venom proteins evolve more rapidly. BMC Genomics, 16:647, 2015
  • Jigyasa Arora and A.S. Mikheyev, PeerJ Preprints (not peer reviewed), Using experimental evolution and next-generation sequencing to teach bench and bioinformatic skills, 2015
  • A.S. Mikheyev, C.S. McBride, U.G. Mueller, C. Parmesan, M.R. Smee, C. Stefanescu, B. Wee, and M.C. Singer. Host-associated genomic differentiation in congeneric butterflies: now you see it, now you don’t. Molecular Ecology, 22:4753-66, 2013
  • M.R. Smee, Y. Pauchet, P. Wilkinson, B. Wee, M.C. Singer, D.J. Hodgson, and A.S. Mikheyev. Microsatellites for the Marsh Fritillary buttery: De Novo transcriptome sequencing, and a comparison with amplied fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) markers. PloS ONE, 8(1):e54721, 2013