Joining the lab

In the Spasojevic lab we strive to create a culture of inclusion and collaboration where all are welcome. We value the participation of every member of our community and want to ensure an that every lab member and collaborator has a positive, educational experience unhindered by unnecessary challenges caused by non-inclusive behavior. Accordingly, everyone who participates in any Spasojevic Lab project is always expected to show respect and courtesy to other community members.


All lab members are dedicated to a harassment and discrimination-free experience for everyone. Discrimination or harassment based on racial or ethnic background, citizenship status, religion (or lack thereof), political affiliation, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, dis/ability status, veteran status, appearance or body size will not be tolerated. We do not tolerate harassment or discrimination by and/or of members of our community in any form.

We ask all members of the lab to conform to the following Code of Conduct.

  • All communication - online and in person - should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual or discriminatory language and imagery is not appropriate at any time or place.

  • Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down others.

  • Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate.

  • Make an inclusive environment for everyone. Give everyone a chance to talk, to be heard, and an opportunity to contribute.

  • Be aware that your actions can be hurtful to others or contribute to a negative environment even if you had no intent of harm. Listen. Offer a genuine apology. Commit to learning and doing better


We are always excited to have undergraduates join us in the lab! Please send me an email to set up a time to talk about research opportunities. There are possibilities for research credit, work study, and hourly wages. While not a requirement, we highly recommend that students take BIOL 005C prior to join the lab. 

Graduate Students

We are not currently recruiting graduate students. I am still happy to chat with prospective students. If you are interested, please email me ( with a short note of why you are interested and your CV so we can schedule a meeting to chat. Prospective students from traditionally excluded groups are encouraged to apply.


While the lab does not currently have funding for postdoctoral researchers, I am willing to work with dedicated candidates to develop fellowship and grant proposals that would fund their work in the lab. Potential postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to contact me a year before finishing their PhD or current post-doc, to allow time to develop these proposals.

Some links for potential funding sources for Post-Docs


Smith Fellowship

University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship 

Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships

Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Academic Diversity



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