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Graduate Students

Prospective Graduate Students
Prospective students should first be admitted into a graduate program. Please see the following:

Current Graduate Students

We welcome students who are interested in doing a rotation in the Gunsalus and Piano labs, to pursue one of many outstanding questions on the structure and function of germ granules. Opportunities for graduate projects include:

  • How is granule formation regulated in early development?
  • What tethers germ granules to the nuclear periphery?
  • How are the size and distribution of granules regulated?
  • How does P granule composition influence developmental transitions?
  • Investigation of evolutionary conservation and structural modeling of protein interactions in germ granules. How can this be leveraged to develop species-specific anthelmintics? 

Interested students should email Kris Gunsalus at kcg1 at

Postdoctoral Associate Positions

The Gunsalus and Piano Labs in NYU’s Center for Genomics & Systems Biology welcome inquiries for talented Postdoctoral Associates to develop experimental and computational research projects. We study the genetic and evolutionary mechanisms underlying early embryonic development in the animal model organism C. elegans, using both genome-scale functional genomic and small-scale molecular genetic approaches. Ongoing areas of investigation include genetic interaction networks, post-transcriptional regulation, and molecular genetic and cell biological mechanisms underlying embryonic development. We welcome interest in developing both ongoing and novel research projects in the lab. For computational biologists, we are particularly interested in candidates with a background in machine learning, statistics, network analysis, image processing, and/or data integration for application to large-scale phenotypic and genetic interaction data. The CGSB offers a dynamic and vibrant research environment in the heart of Greenwich Village. We also work closely with our sister lab at NYU Abu Dhabi, where projects focus primarily on natural products discovery and chemical genetics.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation to Tiffany Kilfeather (tiffany.kilfeather * at *

Other Inquiries

For all other questions about research opportunities in the lab, please email Tiffany Kilfeather, Lab Manager, at tiffany.kilfeather at

Lab Address

The Gunsalus and Piano Labs are located at NYU’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology:

12 Waverly Place, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003