The Roberts Lab is full of self-driven students. As you can see on our Members page, we are a healthy mix of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs. Traditionally graduate students and post-docs are assigned projects by Professor Roberts and undergraduate assist them in their efforts. As undergraduates become more comfortable with their lab techniques they are usually given more freedom on the projects they are helping with. If you are a prospective graduate student interested in joining the lab please email Professor Roberts to set up a time to come to our weekly group meetings at 1:30 on Tuesdays. If you are a prospective undergraduate feel free to contact graduate students directly.
As a student working in the Roberts lab you can expect to be exposed to a wide array of techniques. Our lab is known for mRNA display, and you can expect to get significant exposure to that. We also spend lots of time characterizing hits and trying to develop them into biological tools. This means that you may be exposed to chemical syntheses, ELISA assays, cell work, microscopy, spectroscopy, or crystallography.
Next fall, Professor Roberts is interested in recruiting 1-2 new graduate students.
We are also aware that new students are often full of questions about how the lab functions. We took a moment to answer some of the most frequently asked questions below.
Who can join the lab?
The Roberts lab has students from many different sub-disciplines. Our lab is part of three Departments–Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Molecular & Computational Biology. We recruit students actively from all three graduate programs and students from each have been very successful in the laboratory.
What hours am I expected to be in lab?
Students are expected to take ownership of their projects and are given freedom to plan experiments and their time. Most students spend 40-50 hours a week in lab.
Is the environment more collaborative or competitive?
Everyone in the lab is more than willing to help new students out. Collaboration is very important in our lab.
How easy is it to contact Professor Roberts?
We have weekly group meeting and students are expected to present their work at least every two weeks (short presentation) and a longer format about once every 2 months. We also have weekly individual meetings. If you are in lab and have questions that could be answered by a more experienced lab member older members are happy to help you out, and Terry (Research Professor) is usually in lab and can answer most of your questions.