Joining the Lab

Postdoctoral Fellows

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Kimmey and include a short cover letter, a description of the research you want to carry out in the lab, and your CV.

Graduate Students - Currently accepting PhD rotation students for 2nd and 3rd rotations (2019-2020). 

We accept Ph.D. students via the Program in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (PBSE). The Microbial Biology and Pathogenesis (MICRO) track is recommended, and students in this track will be given priority if rotation space is limited. We also accept students from the Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology (MCD) track.

*Note, the PBSE deadline for 2020 admission has now past (Dec. 1, 2019). Students interested in applying for 2021 entry should look for the application link in Fall 2020. 

We accept M.S. candidates through the METX Department on a case by case basis. Typically, candidates are already working in the lab or department Students can enroll in the research MS directly, or be UCSC undergraduates who are part of the 5th year M.S. program in which the MS research and classes are started in the student's senior year. The programs are described at


Undergraduate Researchers - Not currently accepting undergraduate students (updated Dec. 2019)

We take talented undergraduate researchers to carry out independent study as space allows. Students must be able to commit 15 hours/week for at least 4 quarters.

If you are interested, please send the following to Dr. Kimmey

  • CV or resume

  • Transcript

  • Cover letter including:

    • Previous research experience​

    • Future plans 

    • Expected time commitment to lab (hours / week and # of quarters)