Join the Mair Lab

Graduate Students

Students within any of Harvard’s graduate programs are eligible to join the lab. Interested international students or those seeking information on Harvard’s programs with a view to joining the Mair lab should contact the William Mair.

Several rotation projects are available in the laboratory and can be tailored to compliment the specific interests of the student. The lab uses a wide variety of molecular biology and biochemical approaches in both C. elegans and mammalian tissue culture. Commonly used techniques include: molecular cloning, Western blotting, chromatin immunoprecipitations, co-immunoprecipitation, RNA mediate interference, transgenic strain construction via microinjection, quantitative RT-PCR, whole genome expression profiling, fluorescent microscopy and C. elegans longevity analysis.

Student wishing to rotate in the lab should email wmair [at] to discuss their particular interests.


Postdoctoral positions are available for enthusiastic and driven scientists wishing to study the molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying the aging process, with the goal of utilizing this knowledge to develop novel therapies for age-related pathologies. The lab uses a combination of genetic, molecular and biochemical approaches to study aging in both mammalian cells and C. elegans. Candidates should be highly motivated and have relevant training in molecular biology and biochemical techniques. Prior C. elegans experience is not required. Candidates with a Ph.D and a strong research history as indicated by their publication record are encouraged to apply. Candidates with experience in mammalian systems looking to use those systems to answer questions pertinent to our research are also encouraged to apply.

Please email a letter of interest including your research history, CV and future research interests to the email below.  Applicants should outline specifically why they are excited by our research program and what they feel they can contribute our to ongoing efforts. Please note that although funding support is not a prerequisite, all postdocs are expected to apply for individual research fellowships.

Select candidates will be asked to arrange for three letters of references to be submitted independently.

William Mair, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Genetics & Complex Diseases

wmair [at]