Workshops and Symposia
YIBS-MSCG Overview 1998-2008
Current Projects
Past Projects


Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies Offices

ESC, Room 132
21 Sachem Street
P.O. Box 208105
New Haven, CT 06520-8105
Phone: (203) 432-9856
Fax: (203) 432-9927

Oswald Schmitz, Director
Rose Rita Riccitelli, Assistant Director
LaToya Sealy, Sr Administrative Assistant

Opportunities for High School students, Undergraduate, Masters and Graduate students, and Post-doc's.

Undergraduate Training:

Training sessions can be short rotations geared at educating students in topics needed to progress their careers or research interests including training in laboratory techniques or analytical methods.

Research projects can be part of an undergraduate senior research project or independent research study project. Support for summer stages that include lab and field work can be obtained through a variety of Yale programs including the Yale Environmental Studies summer Internship for Study and Research, the Yale College Dean's Research Fellowship, the Yale STARS (Science, Technology and Research Scholars) and the Yale Scientific and Engineering Association programs.

In recent years MSCG Lab members and Yale Undergraduates have taken part in field expeditions to the Galapagos for sample and data collection. Other field locations visited include: a variety of US locations, the Galapagos, Uganda, Equatorial Guinea, and Crete. Students are encouraged to seek additional funding through multiple Yale and non-Yale sources including: Yale College Dean's Research Fellowship, opportunities through the Office of Fellowship Programs, Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society), and the Connecticut Sea Grant program.

training group in galapagos


Graduate Student Training:

Graduate students from all schools and departments can receive training through short (semester rotations, summer stages, short stages of intense training in a single technique, informal courses) and long stages in the laboratory (1-3 years to carry out part of their thesis work). The YIBS-MSCG lab provides space, equipment and project oversight to supplement the students official advisor, when the research topic is outside of their area of expertise. Students receive training at the bench, as well as lectures in formal courses and web-based seminars. Funding is provided to produce preliminary data for a thesis project and to apply for grants.

Grants come from a variety of Yale (YIBS centers, Graduate school funds) and external sources  (NSF Dissertation improvement grants, EPA grants, State or federal agencies, foundations).


Post-doctoral Training:

Post-graduate scientists at various stages of their career (postdoctoral associates and fellows, research scientists, and faculty) receive training and space in the laboratory to carry out independently funded projects. The MSCG Lab provides technical and analytical support, project oversight, space, and equipment. Lab members also receive training for a variety of molecular techniques related to organismal questions through their inclusion in informal courses and workshops.


carlen and joanne

Joanne Klein, EEB Research Assistant and
Carlen Rey, Evolutions Senior

Training opportunities and enrichment activities for high school students:

The laboratory hosts high school research projects and training through the volunteer programs at the Peabody Museum and the EVOLUTIONS internship program. This is an after school and summer program for New Haven high school students that focuses on STEM literacy & careers, college prep and transferable skills development.

Enrichment activities also include hosting guided tours for local high schools, seminars explaining the functions of the laboratory and the use of molecular tools in evolutionary biology, epidemiology, forensics, medicine, and conservation biology. These activities are coordinated through the Yale Center for Genomics and Proteomics.


International Training activities:

The laboratory hosted training and research activities of students and scientists from many countries (England, Belgium, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Russia, China, Japan, Greece, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Uganda). Support for research and training is obtained through external funding from the country of origin or international agencies and foundations.

Currently the laboratory offers opportunities for training and research for scientists involved in joint vector and parasite control research programs. These activities are sponsored by NIH Fogarty and WHO-TDR grants through the Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH). Two programs focus on tsetse and sleeping sickness control in eastern Africa (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan). These are global infectious disease research training programs between Yale University and several research institutions in Uganda,Tanzania, and Kenya. Another training and capacity building program project is on Vector/Host-Parasite Interactions of leishmaniasis in Colombia. This is a collaboration between CIDEIM (Cali, Colombia) and EPH. The goal of the training grant is to build research capacity to identify strategies and devise means to interrupt the cycle of transmission and pathogenesis of leishmaniasis through intervention of the invertebrate and vertebrate host pathogen interactions. Training includes hosting scientist for short research projects in the MSCG laboratory, organization of workshops, web based seminars and lectures.


Jon Beadell, postdoctoral fellow in EPH-EEB collecting tsetse flies in Uganda together with collaborators from the National Livestock Resources Research Institute NaLIRRI (Tororo, Uganda).


Yale PhD candidate, Michael Reddy on a collecting trip in Equatorial Guinea.