Ph.D. Studentship in Fungal Genomics and Insect-Fungus Interactions

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Ph.D. Studentship in Fungal Genomics and Insect-Fungus Interactions

The Wang lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at University of Toronto Scarborough is looking for Ph.D. students interested in genomics and symbiosis between microbial fungi and insects to start in Fall 2020. Interested applicants should apply through the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate program at University of Toronto (deadline Jan. 7th, 2020).

Major efforts in the lab include:

  • Assembling high-quality fungal genomes using long-read sequencing data
  • Developing phylogenomic markers for molecular systematics of early-diverging fungi
  • Investigating population genomic structure of insect-associated fungi
  • Examining experimental evolution and gene expression preference of insect gut-dwelling fungi 

We use combined approaches in field collection, host-microbe interactions, and bioinformatics.

For additional information on the research activities in the lab, please check our recent papers at The Wang lab is strongly committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.


Applicants should have research interests and relevant experience in either Mycology, Entomology, or Bioinformatics. A Master of Science degree is generally eligible for entrance into our Ph.D. program. A bachelor’s degree in either Biology or Science is required before Fall 2020 for the direct-entry Ph.D. program. Those with experience of phylogenomics, comparative transcriptomics, gene editing, or molecular biology are highly encouraged. More details can be found at

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Yan Wang.  Please include your most recent CV and a brief research statement (less than 1 page) summarizing your research interests and experience. Further information can also be found at

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.