Job: 2023 Summer Research Intern for WALLII

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, CA

2023 Summer Intern Program for WALLII

We are looking for a motivated intern this summer interested in molecular biology to participate in our multiplex CRISPR project during the summer. The position is at The Carnegie Institution for Science which is located on the Stanford University campus in Stanford, CA. You will be working in the lab of Dr. Moi Exposito-Alonso.

In the Moi lab, we use multidisciplinary methods of plant experimental ecology, computer science, and evolutionary molecular genetics to study plant adaptation to stressful environments. For this we have generated a large population of putative Arabidopsis thaliana mutants, in which hundreds of their drought related genes have been targeted by CRISPR-Cas9. In order to identify edited mutants, several experimental assays need to be performed such as transformation screening, phenotypic and genotypic analyses. During this time, you will learn about different molecular techniques including cloning, plant transformation, PCR and electrophoresis, as well as maintaining plants including sowing and seeds collection.

The Moi Lab has experience in plant experimental ecology, evolutionary molecular genetics, and computer science. The lab asks questions such as “Can we predict complex ecological traits such as survivorship, fitness, and disease from an organism’s genome and environment? And, can we use novel molecular biology technology to understand the mechanisms of climate adaptation?” You can find more details about his lab here:

This position is part of the Water and Life Interface Institution (WALII, pronounced “Wally”) project. WALII studies how life interacts with water, from the molecular to the organismal level, across plants, fungi, and animals. WALII is a virtual institute, with scientists located at nine research facilities across the United States. Working together, WALII team members aim to uncover the rules by which organisms interact with water, exploring four integrated themes: 1) the physical and molecular determinants that allow organisms to survive in the solid state; 2) rehydration responses in desiccation-tolerant and -sensitive systems; 3) the molecular grammar of desiccation tolerance conferred by intrinsically disordered proteins; and 4) the short- and long-term evolutionary history of desiccation tolerance. WALII team members have diverse expertise, ranging from biophysics to plant biology, and experience with several desiccation-tolerant and -sensitive systems.

How to apply: Please apply by clicking on the Apply Now box located below. In your application materials, specify that you are interested in working on the Water and Life Interface Institute project in the Moi Lab. In your cover letter, describe why you are interested in the lab, the questions that you want to pursue, and your goals. Note: Interns in this lab will be participating in the Carnegie Science Internship Program, in addition to the WALII Internship Program. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2023.

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Formally known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private endowment. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in five scientific departments on the west and east Coasts and at the Las Camapanas Observatory in Chile. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. The Department of Plant Biology has state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy/imaging and mass spectrometry as well as molecular genetic studies of plants. To learn more about the Department of Plant Biology, visit

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