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Research Positions Available

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Undergraduate Students - Volunteer Positions

Are you interested in volunteering in a Biochemistry research lab? Contact one of the following faculty:

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Undergraduate Students - Western's Work Study Program

  • Students can work part-time on campus in jobs that accommodate their studies (such as working in a Biochemistry research lab)
  • Applicants must demonstrate genuine financial need
  • Offered for fall/winter term and summer term

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Biochemistry Undergraduate Summer Research Program (BUSRP)

This competitive program for undergraduate students allows them to work on research projects with Biochemistry faculty during the summer. 

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Dean's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (DUROP)

This program provides science undergraduate students with hands-on experience working in a research lab during the summer in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

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Graduate Students

See the webpage Graduate Positions Available.

Postdoctoral Scholars

The faculty listed below are actively looking for postdoctoral scholars. You are also encouraged to contact other research faculty in the Department of Biochemistry for potential postdoctoral positions.

Dr. Nathalie Berube

A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Berube's lab at Western University. Contact information is as follows:

4th Floor Victoria Research Labs A4-138
800 Commissioners Road East
London, ON, Canada  N6C 2V5
t. 519.685.8500 (ext 55066)

Dr. Madhulika Gupta

A postdoctoral fellowship or research associate position is immediately available in the Department of Pediatrics and Biochemistry/Children's Health Research Institute, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada with Dr. Madhulika B Gupta. The research program focuses on exploring cellular and molecular mechanisms of regulation of fetal and maternal insulin-like growth factor binding protein-1 phosphorylation to investigate the functional role of this IGF binding protein in determining fetal growth and long-term health. A wide variety of model systems including cultured cell lines and primary cells, human placental tissue, maternal and cord plasma and amniotic fluid are utilized. Translational approaches, ranging from biochemical, molecular, proteomics, gene targeting (siRNA silencing) ELISAs, and immunohistochemistry are involved to better understand the pathophysiology of human fetal growth restriction.

Current project includes the studies on establishing the mechanistic role of MTOR, AAR and other key nutrient sensing signaling pathways in regulating decidual IGFBP-1 secretion and phosphorylation in fetal growth restriction. The goal is to identify a novel molecular mechanism contributing to human fetal growth restriction.

A PhD in Biochemistry, or a related scientific field is required. To be successful in this position, the candidate must be highly motivated and able to work independently to design and execute experiments, possess a high level of initiative, and must also be able to work on a related projects simultaneously by prioritizing work as required. S/he must be capable of working independently in a team environment. Candidates with excellent organizational skills and communication skills (written and oral) are encouraged to apply. The candidate will be expected to publish and present their work in both internal and external events.

Experience in mammalian cell culture is highly desired. Experience particularly with primary cell culture is preferred.

For more information, please contact: Madhulika Gupta (

Some relevant publications:
1) Singal SS et al 2017 AM J Pathology (Cellular and Mol Biol of disease) (In Press). DOI:
2) Shehab AM et al 2017 Mol Cellular Endocrinol 452: 1-14.
3) Damerill I et al 2016 Mol Endocrinol 30(2): 201-16.
4) Malkani N et al 2016 Mol Cellular Endocrinol 425: 48-60.
5) Malkani N et al 2015 Mol Cellular Endocrinol 412: 182–195.
6) Shehab MA et al 2014 Endocrinology 55:1327-39.
7) Seferovic MD & Gupta M.B 2016 Disease Markers: 2016;2016:7124186. doi: 10.1155/2016/7124186. Epub 2016 Jan 19.

Dr. Shawn Li

Multiple post-doctoral positions are now available in Dr. Shawn Li's laboratory in the Dept. of Biochemistry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. Interested candidates should be highly motivated team players who have a strong desire to work in a collaborative environment equipped with world-class research facilities. You will be involved in a research project aimed at deciphering signaling pathways and protein-interaction networks relevant to cancer metastasis using a variety of methods, including both conventional and proteomics approaches.

Requirements include a PhD degree or equivalent in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Bio-organic Chemistry, Cell Biology, or Immunology. Candidates with prior publications, relevant research experience, and excellent verbal/written English communication skills will be considered. Salary is highly competitive and commensurate with experience.

Applicants should send a CV and names of three references to Dr. Shawn Li by email or by fax at 519.661.3175.

For more information, visit the lab website of Dr. Shawn Li.

Dr. Hong Ling

A postdoctoral position in structural biology is available at Dr. Hong Ling's Laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. The research is focused on translesion DNA replication and regulation of DNA damage response. The current projects are built on our success in cloning, expression and purification of the key proteins in the biological systems. Combined approaches in molecular biology, biophysics and X-ray crystallography are employed in the structure-function studies of the key proteins. The laboratory is fully equipped for molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics and X-ray crystallography analyses. The position requires a Ph.D. degree with experience in molecular cloning, protein purification, crystallization and structure determination with prior publications.

Western University is located in London, Ontario. London is a comfortable city (population: 350,000) with a reasonable cost of living.  It is close to major North American cities, such as Toronto and Detroit.

Please send CV and the names of three references to Dr. Hong Ling by email at For more information, visit the lab website of Dr. Ling.

Dr. Geoffrey Pickering

A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Pickering's lab at Western University. Contact information is as follows:

Robarts Research Institute 4245D
Western University
London, ON, Canada
t. 519-685-8500 ext. 55066

Dr. Peter Rogan/Dr. Joan Knoll

A postdoctoral position is available for 2 years to work on a high-performance computing project "Automated Cytogenetic Dosimetry as a Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasure." Candidates should be qualified in C++ software development, preferably with experience in parallel computing. The position is at Western University in combination with the project partner Cytognomix. Contact information is as follows:

Dr. Joan Knoll
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University
London, ON N6A 2C1, Canada
t. 519-661-2111 ext. 86407

Dr. Peter Rogan
Department of Biochemistry
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University
London, ON N6A 5C1, Canada
t. 519-661-4255
President of Cytognomix

Dr. Walter Siqueira

A post-doctoral position is available in Dr. Walter Siqueira's laboratory at Western University. Contact information is as follows:

Department of Dentistry
Dental Sciences Building, Rm. 0071
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University
London, ON, N6A 5C1, Canada
t. 519.661.2111, ext. 86104
f. 519.850.2459


The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is inviting applications for the position of Chair in the Department of Biochemistry.

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