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Molecular Biophysics and Engineering Lab
The University of Mississippi

We are actively looking for motivated graduate students to join the lab!

You can apply either through the Department of Chemical Engineering or Department of Biomedical Engineering (graduate program starting Summer 2024).

Potential postdoctoral research associates:


  • Should be about to complete or have completed their Ph.D. in biophysics, biomedical/biomolecular/biological/chemical engineering, biochemistry, cell biology, or related field
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary for a highly collaborative, inclusive, and cross-functional environment
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Proven track record of research evidenced through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific conferences
  • Interest in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students
  • Interest in cytoskeletal biomechanics

Preferred skills

  • Knowledge of molecular/cellular biophysics, especially the cytoskeleton and motor proteins
  • Experience in microscopy or other biophysical techniques, such as TIRF and optical trapping
  • Experience in in vitro reconstitution

Attractive, but not required skills

Interest in leading the establishment of one or more of these skill sets within our lab based on previous experience:

  • Cell culture
  • Protein expression and purification
  • Extraction of cytoskeletal proteins (tubulin, actin, myosin, etc.) from animal tissue
  • Stochastic modeling of protein ensembles

Interested applicants should send a combined PDF of the following to Dr. Nikki Reinemann at

  • Cover letter detailing research interests, long-term career goals, and motivation for joining our lab
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two representative publications
  • Contact information for at least three references who can provide letters of recommendation upon request


Potential graduate students:

For a Ph.D. in Engineering Science with emphasis in Biomedical Engineering:

This is a new graduate program due to start in Summer 2023. Application requirements specifically for my lab include:

  • CV or resume
  • transcript(s)
  • statement of research interests, motivation, and future goals (e.g. Why are you interested specifically in our lab?)
  • at least two letters of recommendation

Interested students should email Dr. Reinemann at with a statement of intent to apply so that we can keep you updated about the BME graduate program. The BME program is set to go online for summer 2024. However, students can apply through the chemical engineering program and then later switch to biomedical engineering if they desire.

For a Ph.D. in Engineering Science with emphasis in Chemical Engineering:

Interested students should apply to the Graduate School through the Department of Chemical Engineering and email Dr. Reinemann at with a statement of intent to apply, statement of research interests/motivation, and CV.

A competitive graduate student considered for admission into the Department will:

  • have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
  • achieve a minimum score of 155 on the quantitative portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test,
  • provide a CV or resume, including contact information of at least two professional references, and
  • provide a statement of research interests and future goals.

Prospective students not meeting one or more of the above requirements may still be admitted by specific faculty recommendation. The application and admission process is administered by the Graduate School. Students should apply online here.

All graduate students admitted to the program will be considered for financial support contingent upon funding availability. Continued financial support is dependent upon funding availability and demonstrated performance.


Potential undergraduate students:

E-mail Dr. Reinemann directly at with your request and your motivation for wanting to join the lab. You should include your current resume and transcript (unofficial is fine). The field of molecular biophysics is highly interdisciplinary, crossing boundaries in biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.  You do not have to be a biomedical engineering student to work in the lab!