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Entomology and Nematology Department

Entomology and Nematology Department

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

Available graduate study opportunities will be posted here as they arise. If the table is empty, please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Heather McAuslane (, as new funding may become available at any time.

Opportunity Description Contact

MS (2-year)/PhD (4-year) studentship:
Host-microbe interactions in insects.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate for a MS/PhD program in the lab of Adam Chun Nin Wong, at the University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department in Gainesville, Florida.

This is an exciting opportunity for those interested in applying multi-omics approaches, big data analytics, and molecular biology to study microbiome diversity and functions in insects. Possible topics include:

  • The role of microbiome in host fruit colonization and foraging of Drosophila.
  • The mechanisms governing microbial effects on host macronutrient feeding preference.
  • Chironomids as a novel host model to study colonization and virulence of a human pathogen.

Our department is recently ranked number 1 for Entomology by the Center for World University Rankings. We support graduate research with state-of-the-art facilities, including various omics facilities and the HiPerGator supercomputer at the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR). The department also has strong connections with industry and a track record of preparing students for rewarding careers in entomology and nematology. Gainesville has a pleasant subtropical climate, a reasonable cost of living, and vibrant cultural activities expected of a college town.

The successful candidate will work in a dynamic team with a postdoctoral associate, two fellow graduate students, and several undergraduate interns. S/he will actively engage with our collaborators at UF, Cornell University, Harvard Medical School (Genetics), USDA, and from institutions in Israel and Australia.

Qualifications: A degree in Molecular Biology, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Entomology, Ecology or relevant fields. For PhD applications, candidates with a master degree or bachelor degree plus research experience are desired.

Start date: Fall 2020 or Spring 2021

To apply*: please submit a CV, a cover letter, and a 1-page research statement to Dr Adam CN Wong (, with the subject line indicating MS* or PhD application. Please include contact information of at least two references. Review of applications will start July 1st and continue until the position is filled.


*Note that GRE scores are not required for admission into the MS program.

Opportunity Description Contact

Ph.D. Assistantships

The Department of Entomology and Nematology at University of Florida is seeking candidates for Ph.D. graduate assistantships, including assistantships in:

  1. Honey bee-virus molecular interactions; novel toxin delivery systems to target crop pests (contact 
    Dr. Bryony C. Bonning

  2. Population genetics and impacts of invasive ants (contact 
    Dr. Andrea Lucky

  3. Evolutionary biology and behavior (contact 
    Dr. Christine W. Miller

  4. Molecular forest entomology (relationships between fungi, microbes and emerging tree pests; (contact 
    Dr. Jiri Hulcr,

  5. Microbiome functions in invasive fruit flies; Chironomids as a model for human pathogens (contact 
    Dr. Adam C. N. Wong,

The top-ranked Department of Entomology and Nematology at University of Florida offers a unique experience for graduates interested in pursuing careers in entomology and nematology, with a dynamic graduate program and state of the art research facilities. University support for fundamental research includes the HiPerGator supercomputer, and the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research. The department also has unprecedented connections with industry through the NSF Center for Arthropod Management Technologies (CAMTech). Gainesville has a subtropical climate, a reasonable cost of living, and all of the cultural activities expected of a university town.

Applications and enquiries should be directed to the appropriate faculty member for your research interests as listed above, or as found at

The application should consist of:

  • A cover letter stating your research interests and career goals,
  • CV including GPA, GRE scores (and TOEFL/IELTS for international applicants), and extracurricular activities,
  • Contact information for three referees.

The deadline for receipt of prospective student applications to guarantee consideration for funding to visit the department is December 15, 2018. Students should contact appropriate faculty members well in advance of this deadline. Applications received after this date may also be considered.

Successful candidates will be invited to submit a formal application online. Details at

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution


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