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Departmental Assistantships have been assigned for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters. The next availability would be in Spring 2022. Grant funding may be available depending on individual lab funding streams. It is important for potential students to explore our research emphasis to find faculty members to contact and express interest in their program.

Open Graduate Research Assistant Position

ADVS – Dr. Zhongde Wang

The Wang lab is seeking for highly motivated, ambitious, creative, and hardworking individuals to join the lab for MS/PhD trainings. The research area of focus in Animal Genetics. POSTED 3-15-2021

ADVS - Dr. Ralph Meyer and Dr. Mirella Meyer Ficca

The Meyer-Ficca and Meyer labs have openings for highly motivated, dedicated, creative, and hardworking individuals to join the lab for MS/PhD training. Students will learn how to design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data, and prepare manuscripts for publication. The group researches the intersection of nutrition and germline epigenetics. For more information about our projects, please see and contact Dr. Meyer-Ficca ( and Dr. Meyer ( ).
POSTED 9-8-21

ADVS - Dr. Jeff Mason

The Mason Laboratory at Utah State University, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences is seeking an outstanding Graduate Student to join our laboratory. This position is jointly supported by the NIH/NIA, the USU School of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences.

Research in the Mason lab is broadly focused on elucidating the mechanisms of menopause-associated, ovarian-dependent increase in disease rates. Work in this lab focuses on the surgical and molecular manipulation of ovarian function in mice to discover the mechanisms underlying the negative physiological consequences of female reproductive senescence. We have previously extended life and health span with our ovarian manipulations. The goal of the current work is to understand the physical and genetic mechanisms that provide the health-protective effects of the ovaries and harness these mechanisms to restore health in post-reproductive females. Additional work may include orthopedic disease models in sheep and horses.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and creative with an interest in reproductive biology and/or aging biology. The successful candidate should have a background in biology, animal science, biomedical science or related field and must meet the admission requirements for graduate students set by Utah State University Graduate Studies ( and the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences graduate program ( Applicant experience in rodent handling and histology/pathological analysis are desired, but not required. Preference will be given to candidates that also have some molecular experience (DNA/RNA/protein extraction and analysis) or experience with histology and/or genetic manipulation. Interested candidates should send a cover letter that includes current research interests to Dr. Jeffrey Mason (
POSTED 9-8-21

Graduate Research Emphasis Information

Each graduate research area is listed along with the faculty members involved in that research. Potential graduate students can communicate directly with the faculty member to inquire on available lab openings and funding.

ADVS Graduate Research Emphases

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