Open Positions/Contact

Graduate Students:

With its fast generation time, rich experimental toolkit (genetics, feeding RNAi, CRISPR, GFP probes), and amenability to live-cell imaging, C. elegans (also known as the “worm”) is a superb model for graduate student training, allowing students to dig deeply into scientific questions using a number of different approaches, all in the context of in vivo biology. The Sherwood lab is highly collaborative and interacts extensively with the scientific community at Duke, the Research Triangle, and the international worm and cell and developmental biology communities.  Students interested in joining the lab can associate many graduate programs, including:

  • Program in Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) website
  • Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Program (DSCB) website
  • University Program in Genetics and Genomics (UPGG) website
  • Molecular Cancer Biology (MCB) website
  • Department of Biology website

Many students in lab also to take a summer research course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole, MA, an exciting and life-changing experience.

Postdoctoral Positions:

Potential Postdoctoral applicants should contact Dr. Sherwood by email about interest in joining the lab.  The Sherwood group is a creative environment that works on diverse topics that allow postdoctoral fellows to develop their own scientific niche.   It is particularly exciting brining in scientists from diverse backgrounds to add to the scientific breadth of our group.


We welcome undergraduates to our group, who are paired with a senior graduate student or post-doctoral fellow.  We are particularly interested in bringing students in during their freshman or sophomore year, and having them stay with the lab throughout their time at Duke University.  Many of our undergraduate researchers are key contributing authors on published papers and have gone on to the prestigious graduate and medical schools.

Contact Information:

Lab Phone:  (919) 613-9037 

Lab Address:

Sherwood Lab
Department of Biology
Duke University
French Family Science Center
Room #4244
Durham, NC 27708

Regular Mail Address:

Department of Biology
Duke University
Box 90338
Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708


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