Interested in joining the Hoekstra Laboratory?

The Hoekstra Lab has a joint affiliation with the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) Department and the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Department at Harvard University. In addition, our laboratory is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and is part of the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), the Center for Brain Science (CBS), the Harvard Brain Science Initiative (HBI), the Mind Brain Behavior (MBB) Initiative, and the Broad Institute, which opens additional opportunities and resources to further augment your academic experience. These departments, programs, initiatives, and institutes are home to a diverse set of faculty and students with wide ranging research interests, providing an exciting and interactive academic environment for integrative research training in evolutionary biology, genetics, development and neurobiology.

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We have openings for enthusiastic undergraduate students to join the lab. If you are interested in mammalian evolutionary genetics, development or neurobiology and a highly motivated student, please contact me at  Please be prepared to discuss your research interests and goals as well as your availability to conduct research.


Graduate Students

We always have are interested in highly motivated graduate students with interests in mammalian evolutionary genetics, development or neurobiology. I admit students through a number of Harvard University programs including: the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) graduate program, the Molecules, Cells and Organisms (MCO) graduate program, the PhD Program in Neuroscience (PiN), the Graduate Program in Biophysics, and the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) graduate program. Please check out the individual program websites for details about the program structure, requirements and their application process. Please also contact me directly at if you are interested in applying to work in our lab through one of these programs.


Postdoctoral Researchers

If you are interested in a postdoctoral position, please contact me at to discuss research opportunities in the lab.