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Ph.D. Fellowships Available (Funded through RAs and TAs)

Genetics and Molecular Biology of Fertilization and Early Embryo Development

Job Description: Graduate students in my lab receive training on:


  • Genome Editing and Molecular Biology

  • Embryology and IVF Techniques

  • Confocal and Electron Microscopy

  • Genomics and Genome Analysis

Ph.D. Fellowship 1: Molecular mechanisms of gamete fusion in mice and humans: Gamete fusion at fertilization is a fundamental step in mammalian reproduction and what protein(s) mediate this cell fusion event remain unknown. The graduate student will use pull down assays combined with mass spectrometry, to identify novel oocyte protein candidates; for the promising candidates, the graduate student will establish mutant null mouse lines by CRISPR/Cas9 and use IVF techniques to analyze sperm-egg fusion phenotypes of mutant oocytes.


Ph.D. Fellowship 2: Genetic control of early cell lineage in mouse and human preimplantation embryos: Human preimplantation embryo development is molecularly regulated by the maintenance of a precise balance between cell pluripotency and cell differentiation, which is necessary for successful implantation. The graduate student will use genomic techniques combined with molecular biology to characterize gene expression profiles of mouse pre-implantation embryos that express mutant transcription factors.

To Apply:

Send 1) Your Curriculum Vitae; 2) A cover letter stating your research interests and career goals; 3) Info of 3 references.


Email all documents to: Matteo Avella, Ph.D. (, Department of Biological Science, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, 74104, USA.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Available

We welcome highly motivated undergraduate students to join our lab.

Undergraduate students are actively involved in our research activities. They collect, analyze data and write research and review manuscripts.

Read also about the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) program.


If you are interested to join our research group, send an email to Matteo Avella, Ph.D. (

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