SanjanaLab | Join us!

We are always on the lookout for talented, motivated postdocs and graduate students to join our research group. Our goal is to help each and every lab member enjoy life in the lab as well as fulfill their maximum potential as scientists. We expect lab members to become the next-generation of bioengineers, geneticists, cancer biologists, neuroscientists and interdisciplinary scientific innovators.

Currently, we are working on projects to develop new gene editing tools to identify and understand noncoding regions and regulatory elements in the human genome. We apply these tools broadly: Recent applications have focused on cancer evolution and neurodevelopmental disorders. These functional genomics approaches enable us to identify disease-relevant genetic variants in a high-throughput fashion. Previously, we have developed high-throughput genome-scale CRISPR screens to interrogate coding and noncoding regions of the genome (see recent reviews for genome-wide CRISPR screens, targeted noncoding CRISPR screens and a short, non-technical summary of some of our work).

We are look for scientific excellence in all forms: Almost all members of our lab have a mix of experimental and computational skills — with an eagerness to teach and learn from our labmates and neighboring research labs. We also enjoy making the process of doing science fun. Most projects in the lab are structured around small teams. This has 2 major benefits: It makes life in lab more enjoyable and pushes projects forward faster than with one person going it alone. Above all, we value motivation and drive because often scientific success often comes only after trying many ideas to see which one actually works. In order to try out different ideas, we aim to do the simplest experiment that proves if the project is worth pursuing.

We are actively recruiting new postdocs and PhD students at this time. To apply, please send your application to In your email, include the following:

  • CV with a list of publications
  • a short summary of your present and future research interests
  • For postdoc candidates: A list of three references with names, phone numbers and email addresses
Thank you for your interest!