Research Opportunity in Pulmonary Research Lab

The Alexander-Brett Lab studies pulmonary disease using a host of basic-translational science techniques including biochemistry and protein chemistry, cell biology, animal models, and human studies. The Lab is interested in cytokine networks and epithelial stem cell biology in chronic lung diseases and has recently expanded their analyses to include the study of extracellular vesicle (exosome)-mediated signaling in respiratory disease.

The Alexander-Brett Lab is seeking undergraduates to join their research team on a rolling basis. For an example of their work, please see their publication in the February 2021 issue of JCI Insight (open access). 

The Alexander-Brett Lab performs research in the area of basic-translational science, consisting of ‘wet lab’ work at the bench asking detailed basic science questions, running PCR, gels, analyzing cells, proteins or biological samples typically alongside one or more lab members. In an effort to help find the right fit and to get the most out of your research experience, it is important to ask yourself whether this type of research is interesting to you. If so, please answer the following questions in your email response regarding the open positions: 

  • What specifically interests you about this lab?
  • Do you have any prior research experience?
  • What is your interest/availability during the school year to participate in research (i.e. days and hours per week)? 
  • In what capacity do you want to perform research (credit, paid position, work study, etc)?
  • What do you anticipate your summer plans will be next year?

All applicants will be considered, thought prior lab experience and interest in a long-term commitment are preferred. The Lab is open to both current undergraduates as well as graduates seeking a full-time post-baccalaureate research experience while applying to medical/graduate school.

For more information and to apply, email Jen Alexander-Brett, M.D., Ph.D., at