Postgraduate Position in Reproductive Immunology (Laboratory of Dr Vikki Abrahams) in the Yale Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

This is a full time paid 12 month position (starting salary $38,400) to work in the laboratory of Dr Vikki Abrahams, PhD in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences beginning summer 2024.

The laboratory focuses on understanding the role of innate immune Toll-like receptor and Nod-like receptor family members in placental and maternal-fetal immune responses, and their role in regulating pregnancy outcomes using basic lab-based approaches. Basic research projects utilize a variety of human in vitro models and techniques including tissue and cell culture, Western blot analysis, ELISA, RT-qPCR, and exosome isolation.


The postgraduate will be directly supervised by the PI, Dr Abrahams, and will be trained and guided by members of the lab. Training will include learning the necessary lab techniques for the project, and in principles of experimental design, problem solving, and analysis of results. Additional training will include developing scientific presentation and manuscript writing skills. The postgraduates will be expected to attend and present at weekly lab meetings.


The postgraduate will have weekly and ad hoc meetings with Dr Abrahams to discuss their project’s progress as well as their future career goals. Intellectual and technical contributions will provide opportunities to present data at research meetings and co-authorship on peer-reviewed publications. This is an ideal position for recent graduates interested in strengthening their research experience prior to medical or graduate school.


Applicants should have at the time of starting a BA or BS in a related field. Prior lab-based research experience is preferred. Candidates should be highly organized, self-motivated, hard-working and reliable, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Must have good attention to detail and problem-solving skills, be able to multi-task, and be able to perform both independently as well as in a team environment.

Applicants should email: 1) a Curriculum Vitae; 2) a cover letter including a short description of their research background, research interests and career goals; and 3) contact information for at least two references to Dr Vikki Abrahams (

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By Kristin McJunkins
Kristin McJunkins Director of Advanced Degree Applications & STEM Career Advising