GraduatePosition: IowaStateU.TurtleChromosomeEvolution




PhD Position in Chromosome Evolution and Sex Determination of Turtles.


A PhD position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Nicole Valenzuela at Iowa State University as part of an NSF-funded PhyloGenomics project to study the genome rearrangements responsible for changes in diploid number across turtles and their association with transitions in sex determination. The project involves molecular cytogenetics, transcriptomics, bioinformatics and phylogenetics.


Prospective graduate students interested in evolutionary biology, sex determination, evo-devo, or chromosome evolution are invited to apply, and are encouraged to develop an independent research project within these areas.

For more information about the research in our lab please visit our website


Graduate students could join the EEB, IG or BCB graduate programs at ISU:


All prospective students must take the GRE General Test. International students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS.


Interested candidates should contact Dr. Nicole Valenzuela at


Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.


Dr. Nicole Valenzuela

Associate Professor


Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

253 Bessey Hall

Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011, USA

Phone: 515-294-1285