Join our team!

Lab members

Jean-Denis Beaudoin

Principal Investigator

Amit Gupta, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Allyson Voelker

Technician/Lab Manager

Sarah Alshawi

Ph.D. Student Candidate

The Beaudoin lab is actively recruiting

The Beaudoin lab is currently building its team! The lab will open in January 2020 and it is your chance to become an active and important member of this new exciting team. We aim to build a diverse and collaborative team where each individual brings something different and has room to grow scientifically and professionally. If you want to share your passion for science with Jean-Denis and the rest of the team, you are more than welcome to apply for a position in our group. We are particularly looking to recruit a research technician, multiple postdocs, and graduate students. Funding for our open positions is available from our start-up and NIH Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) award.

Open Positions

If you have questions about any of these positions, please email Jean-Denis.

Postdoctoral researchers

Postdoc positions are available for experienced scientists in RNA biology, Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Computational Biology or Developmental Biology. Our lab is seeking both molecular biologists and computational biologists.

For molecular biologists, we seek experimental experience in one or more of these skills:

  • RNA probing/structure
  • Zebrafish system (e.g. development, microinjection, genetics, genome engineering techniques)
  • Microscopy techniques (confocal, high resolution, etc.)
  • Cell culture techniques (transfection, gene expression analysis, stem cell differentiation, etc.)
  • Translation regulation
  • High throughput approaches and sequencing (e.g. RNA-seq, Ribo-seq, massive parallel reporter assay, RNA-protein and RNA-RNA interactions)
  • Liquid-liquid phase separation and/or intrinsically disordered proteins

For computational biologists, we seek computational experience in one or more of these skills:

  • Analysis of high throughput sequencing data (e.g. nanopore, RNA-seq, Ribo-seq, massive parallel reporter assay, RNA-protein and RNA-RNA interactions)
  • Proficient script writing (ideally in Python or R)
  • Statistical analysis
  • RNA structure prediction
  • Machine learning (e.g. Neural networks, random forests, etc.)

The ideal candidates would have a mixture of both experimental and computational experience. To apply please send a Cover Letter describing past research accomplishments and future research interests and career goal, your CV, and a list of three references in an email to Jean-Denis.

Graduate students

UConn Graduate students in the Biomedical Science PhD Program are encourage to rotate in the lab. If you are an admitted graduate student with an interest to learn about RNA biology, genetics, computational biology, genomics or developmental biology in a collaborative and stimulating environment, you should email Jean-Denis as early as possible about rotation opportunities and possible projects.

Undergraduates who are looking to pursue a PhD must first apply to the PhD In Biomedical Science.

Research technician

We are looking for someone independent and creative to maintain the fish facility, order lab supplies, and help out with various projects around the lab. This position includes the opportunity for independent projects for candidates pursuing a research career. Candidates should have (or be pursuing) a bachelors degree in Biology or a related field.

Past experience in fish husbandry or in a research lab is excellent, but if you are eager to learn, proactive and interested in the kind of things we do, you are more than welcome to apply. Please email Jean-Denis with a Cover Letter, your CV, and a list of three references.

Check out our new digs!

In January 2020, the Beaudoin moved into the award winning, newly renovated, and state-of-the-art Cell and Genome Sciences Building at UConn Health. Here, the lab joined the rest of the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences. We’re excited to expand the lab in this engaging and multi-disciplinary research home.

Advantages of joining our community

Why UConn Health?

UConn Health is located in Farmington, Connecticut. It is a resourceful and stimulating place to do research. UConn Health views research as a primary path to expanding the successes of modern medicine. Supporting this view, it actively invests money and support for basic research on campus. Particular strengths of its basic research programs include structural biology, cell analysis and modeling, musculoskeletal biology, biomaterials, immunotherapies, stem cells and regenerative medicine. It is composed of 19 departments that range from Cell Biology to Neuroscience offering a multidisciplinary environment with a lot of learning potential. UConn Health offers a Ph.D. program in Biomedical Science, which offers a personalized training in various biomedical research fields.

The recent addition of Jackson Laboratory to its campus has added strength to the areas of genetics and genomic sciences. The Jackson Laboratory and the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences share multiple activities and faculty members, strengthening collaborations and favoring interactions.

Why the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences?

The Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences is located in a start-of-the-art Cell and Genome Sciences Building with open lab space and multiple lounge areas to favor interactions. Its research strengths include RNA biology, developmental biology, signal transduction, and the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation. It is continually increasing external funding for its current research programs, enhancing the national and international reputation of its faculty and their research, and recruiting outstanding faculty members with new and complementary areas of research expertise. It also have a close working relationship with the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), and most JAX-GM faculty have academic appointments in our department. The department has access to leading edge scientific cores offering a wide array of resources and services. Among others, the Stem Cell Core, the Microscopy facility, Computational Biology Core, High Performance Computing Core, and Human Genome Editing Core particularly align with our research interests.

Why the Greater Hartford area?

UConn Health is located in the Connecticut town of Farmington and is part of the Greater Hartford area, which hosts various festivals throughout the year and is home to a diverse restaurant and leisure sceneries. It offers outstanding local recreation areas offer camping, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, tubing, skiing, golfing as well as fresh and salt water beaches to stay connected with the outdoors. It is also home to multiple professional sport teams in addition to the nationally ranked University of Connecticut basketball, football and soccer teams. Its prime location makes it easy to enjoy day trip at either New York City or Boston, both city reachable within a two-hour car ride or by train. Click here for more information on this unique and exciting area.