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Postdoctoral Fellow and Graduate Research Assistant Positions Available

Postdoctoral fellow and graduate student research assistant positions are available in the genomics, computational biology, and immunology.

Interested applicants should forward by e-mail a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references to:

Ning Jenny Jiang, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712




Jan 13, 2021 Dr. Jiang was invited to present at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Inflammation Networks monthly webinar series.


Jan 6-9, 2021 Dr. Jiang was invited to give a talk at the 11th International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering (ICBE 2021)


Oct 14, 2020 Dr. Jiang chaired a session for the Micro and Nano Technologies in Diagnostics at BMES 2020


Aug 5, 2020 Welcome new graduate student, Shahab (Shawn) Chizari, to the lab. Shawn is a first year Biomedical Engineering student. He graduated from UC Davis.


Jul 17, 2020 Ben Wendel's antibody repertoire sequencing analysis of rapid HIV progressors was published in (Journal of Immunology). Congratulations!


Apr 28, 2020 Dr. Jiang was invited to give a departmental seminar in the Department of Hematopoietic Biology and Malignancy at MD Anderson Cancer Center.


Apr 23, 2020 Dr. Jiang gave an invited talk at the Frontiers in Bioengineering Research webinar series organized by the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University.


Apr 9, 2020 Dr. Jiang was elected to the Council of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Significant Interest Group of Biomedical Engineering Society. Congratulations!


Feb 3, 2020 Dr. Jiang gave an invited talk at the Keystone Symposia on Antibodies as Drugs: From B Cell Biology to New Treatments in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Jan 24, 2020 Dr. Jiang was invited to give a departmental seminar in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University.


Jan 9, 2020 Dr. Jiang was invited to give a departmental seminar in the Department of Bioengineering at University of Pennsylvania.


Jan 5, 2020 Dr. Jiang gave an invited talk at the 2020 Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference in Puerto Rico!


Oct 31, 2019 Welcome new graduate student, Jack Prazich, to the lab. Jack is a first year Biomedical Engineering student. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Oct 28, 2019 Dr. Jiang was invited to give a departmental seminar in the Department Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida.


Oct 23, 2019 We are grateful that Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has funded our proposal on Building Neurodegeneration Community at UT Austin, which is led Mae Lewis in the lab. Congratulations Mae!


Oct 19, 2019 Congratulations to Dr. Jiang, who successfully organized the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering track for Biomedical Engineering Society Annual meeting, BMES 2019!


Oct 17, 2019 Congratulations to Alexandra Schonnesen, who just delivered a fantastic talk at the 2019 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual meeting!


Oct 4, 2019 Welcome new graduate student, Yuwan Guo, to the lab. Yuwan is a first year Chemical Engineering student. She graduated from UCLA.


Sep 21, 2019 Dr. Jiang was invited to present at the 2019 International Conference on Biomechanics and Medical Engineering - Y.C. Fung 100th Birthday Celebration session


July 22, 2019 Dr. Jiang was invited to present at the 7th Sino-American Workshop on Biomedical Engineering and Biomechanics in Chongqing, China


July 17, 2019 Dr. Jiang was invited to participate the National Academy of Medicine Emerging Leaders Forum, Washington, D.C.


Jun 25, 2019 Dr. Jiang was invited to present at the 2019 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference YC Fung 100th Birthday Symposium.


May 23, 2019 Congratulations to Dr. Jiang, who was selected as one of ten National Academy of Medicine's Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars! She was also invited to attend the NAM Emerging Leaders Forum to be held at Washington DC in July. Read more on UT Austin's news.


May 6, 2019 Dr. Jiang was invited to give a talk at the 1st Synthetic and Systems Immunology Conference 2019 that was held at beautiful Ascona, Switzerland.


Mar 14, 2019 Congratulations to Dr. Jiang, who was invited to give a talk at the Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Systems Immunology!


Mar 1, 2019 Congratulations to alumnus, Ben Wendel, who was awarded the prestigious A.P. Giannini Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship ! Way to go Ben!


Feb 26, 2019 Congratulations to Dr. Jiang, who participated the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Neurodegenerative disease challenge network kick off meeting. Listening to patient advocates talking about the impact of various neurodegenerative diseases have on their lives and how they turned from regular patients to patient advocates motivated Dr. Jiang to develop cutting edge systems immunological tools to help disease early diagnosis and to engineer new therapeutics.


Feb 21, 2019 Congratulations to Kevin whose paper on analyzing cancer antigen expression pattern in single cells was published by JCI insight . Kevin for sure likes the idea of analyzing other's data :).


Feb 5, 2019 Congratulations to Dr. Jiang, Alex, and Kevin! There review paper on T cell repertoire profiling in cancer was published in Trends in Cancer .


Jan 13, 2019 Congratulations to Kevin who was invited to give a talk on TetTCR-Seq at the Keystone Symposia on Single Cell Biology held at Breckenridge, CO! At the same time, Kevin was also selected to receive the Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund scholarship for attending the meeting. Congratulations to Kevin and hope you enjoyed skiing!


Dec 12, 2018 Congratulations to Kevin who received both travel awards from the Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology and the Center for Molecular Carcinogenesis and Toxicology!


Dec 5, 2018 Dr. Jiang was selected to receive the prestigious Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Neurodegeneration Challenge Network Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration awards. Congratulations! Read more on UT News here.


Nov 12, 2018 Our paper on TetTCR-Seq is on Nature Biotechnology online advanced publications. Congratulations to Shuqi, Kevin, Alex, and Mingliang! Read more on UT News here.


Nov 10, 2018 Dr. Jiang was invited to give a talk at the 13th Annual Meeting of Chinese Society for Immunology in Shanghai, China.


Nov 9, 2018 Dr. Jiang was invited to give a talk at the IAS Focused Program on New Technologies and Translational Applications in Genomics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


Oct 24, 2018 Congratulations to Chenfeng He for successfully defending his dissertation! Congratulations Dr. He!


Oct 23, 2018 Congratulations to Kevin Ma for successfully defending his dissertation! Congratulations Dr. Ma!


Oct 16, 2018 Congratulations to Chad Williams for successfully defending his dissertation! Congratulations Dr. Williams!


July 20, 2018 Dr. Jiang was invited by Dr. Weiping Jia to give a talk at the 4th Oriental Congress of Endocrinology, Shanghai China


July 18, 2018 Dr. Jiang was invited by Dr. Xin Lin to give a talk at the Institute for Immunology at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China


May 7, 2018 Dr. Jiang was invited to present at the AAI annual meeting, Technological Innovations session.


May 4, 2018 Congratulations to Chad and Kevin who received 2018 AAI Trainee Poster Award. In addition, Chad's abstract was selected to give a podium presentation. Congratulations!


April 27, 2018 Congratulations to Dr. Jiang, who received NCI IMAT R33 grant to develop a new technology for cancer immune therapy


April 6, 2018 Congratulations to Ben and Chenfeng. Their paper entitled "The receptor repertoire and functional profile of follicular T cells in HIV-infected lymph nodes" was accepted by Science Immunology. Read the news release by UT Austin here. Listen to the Science Immunology's interview podcast here.

HIV infection impacts the normal function of follicular T cell

HIV infection impacts the normal function of follicular T cell. (Animation credit: Carla Shaffer / AAAS)


February 27, 2018 Dr. Jiang was invited to give a talk on TetATCR-Seq at the Keystone Symposia on Immunological Memory: Innate, Adaptive and Beyond

February 18, 2018 Congratulations to Dr. Jiang who was featured as one of the scientists in former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's AAAS closing address. Thank Dr. Peppas for capturing this wonderful moment!

Dr. Jiang featured as one of the scientists in 
							former U.S. Vice President Joe Bidenís AAAS closing address


February 16, 2018 Congratulations to Ben and Chenfeng. Their paper entitled "The receptor repertoire and functional profile of follicular T cells in HIV-infected lymph nodes" was accepted by Science Immunology.


February 1, 2018 Dr. Jiang was invited to give a talk on TetATCR-Seq at the Keystone Symposia on Translational Systems Immunology.

Kevin and Chenfeng's manuscript on MID Clustering-based IR-Seq (MIDCIRS) method to quantitatively study TCR RNA molecule copy number and clonality in T cells was accepted by Frontiers in Immunology on January 4th, 2018. Congratulations!


Ben Wendel's manuscript "A streamlined approach to antibody novel germline allele prediction and validation". was accepted by Frontiers in Immunology on August 17th, 2017. Congratulations!


Aug 8, 2017 Congratulations to Ben Wendel and Shuqi Zhang for successfully defending their dissertations! Congratulations Dr. Wendel and Dr. Zhang


Ben Wendel's manuscript on the 2nd generation of antibody repertoire sequencing technology and its application on studying infant antibody repertoire's response to malaria infection was accepted by Nature Communications on September 11th, 2017. Congratulations!


Chad and Alex's manuscript on CD8 co-receptor contribution to TCR and pMHC binding in human viral-specific T cells was accepted on July 12th, 2017, by Frontiers in Immunology. Congratulations!


Ben Wendel's manuscript on the 2nd generation of antibody repertoire sequencing technology and its application on studying infant antibody repertoire's response to malaria infection was uploaded to BioRxiv.


Dr. Jiang was invited to give a seminar at Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University on April 28th, 2017.


Dr. Jiang received NSF CAREER Award.


Dr. Jiang received Rising Start Award at 2017 Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering conference in Kona, Hawaii, January 3-7, 2017.


Dr. Jiang was invited to give a talk at 2016 Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conference on Frontiers in Single Cell Genomics in Suzhou, China, November 7-11, 2016


Dr. Jiang was invited to give a talk at 2016 Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conference on Systems Biology of Gene Regulation and Genome Editing in Suzhou, China, October 10-14, 2016.


Dr. Jiang was invited to give a talk at the 6th Sino-American Workshop on Biomedical Engineering and China-Oversea Joint Workshop on Biomechanics that took place in Shanghai Jiaotong University during August 4th to 7th, 2016.

May 27th, 2016 Congratulations to Amanda Meriwether for receiving the 2016-17 Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarship!


Dr. Jiang was invited to give a talk at the 2016 Immune Engineering Symposium at Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT on May 27th, 2016.


Dr. Jiang was invited to give a talk at the 2016 Keystone Symposia on Systems Immunology: From Molecular Networks to Human Biology on January 2016.


April 26th, 2016, Shuqi's paper, "Direct Measurement of T Cell Receptor Affinity and Sequence from Viral Precursor T Cells Reveals Age Related Effects", was accepted for publication in Science Translational Medicine. Congratulations!


May 5th, 2015, Congratulations to Amanda Meriwether for receiving the 2015-16 Eva Stevenson Woods Endowed Presidential Scholarship! The unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarship is for $2,500 a year and is one of the most prestigious scholarships the University has to offer. Only 281 recipients were awarded this year from approximately 2,335 students that met initial qualifications and nominations from all UT departments.


April 24th, 2015, Congratulations to Zhonghao Cui who has attended the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program at Northwestern University International Institute for Nanotechnology! Nineteen students experienced life of a scientific researcher as well as opportunities to work with world-renowned scientists. Each student submitted a research paper for publication in Nanoscape-the first professional, undergraduate journal of nanotechnology. Participants also received round-trip airfare, housing, and a stipend of $4,500.


October 6th, 2015, Dr. Jiang is featured in a Q and A session with the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Texas. They interviewed Dr. Jiang on her research in breast cancer vaccine development and immunotherapy. Read the full story here.


Our lab was on TV! We were featured in the KEYE TV October breast cancer awareness month news series aired on October 20th, 2015. During the interview, Dr. Jiang talked about new opportunities for cancer immunotherapy and early diagnosis. They interviewed Ben on his training experience. Ben's tri-lab joint lab meeting presentation and Shuqi and Chad's iTAST experiment were featured in the report.


Dr. Jiang was invited to give a talk at the Nature conference: Immune Profiling in Health and Disease at Seattle on September 10th, 2015. Shuqi also presented his poster on iTAST.


Jiang was invited to give a talk at the 11th International Conference on Pathways, Networks, and Systems Medicine in Chania, Crete, Greece, during Jun 24th to 29th, 2015.


Dr. Jiang was invited to give a seminar at the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio on May 14, 2015.


November 14, 2014, Dr. Jiang received the prestigious Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award. The award provides support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with "high-risk/high-reward" ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer. Read news report from Biomedical Engineering Department.


Dr. Jiang was selected to attend the Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium organized by National Academy of Engineering in Irvine, CA, October 26 - 29, 2014


Shuqi and Kevin published a News and Views together with Dr. Jiang in July 2014 issue of Nature Biotechnology.


November 14, 2014, Kevin was selected to attend the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Single Cell Course to learn the most recent cutting edge technologies for characterization of single cells including RNASeq and genomic analysis.


Dr. Jiang was invited to give a talk at the Nature conference - Genomic Technologies and Biomaterials for Understanding Disease at 2014 BIO International Convention in San Diego, CA, June 23 - 24, 2014


February 12, 2013, Dr. Jiang's paper entitled "Lineage Structure of the Human Antibody Repertoire in Response to Influenza Vaccination" was published in Science Translational Medicine . This is the first study of its kind and has demonstrated the power of high-throughput sequencing in profiling the human immune system. Read news report from Biomedical Engineering Department and EurekAlert. NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins, discussed this paper in his blog.


Ben Wendel, a first year Chemical Engineering Ph.D. student joined lab. Ben graduated from UC Berkeley and will work on antigen specific T cells.


Dr. Yang Liu joined the lab as a postdoctoral scholar. Dr. Liu graduated from Zhejiang University, Zhejiang, China and will be working on antigen specific T cells in diseases.


Dr. Jiang attended the Cell Symposia - Human Immunity on August 19 - 21 in Lisbon, Portugal. She presented her recent work on studying human antibody repertoire in response to influenza vaccination using high-throughput sequencing.


Dr. Mingjuan Qu joined the lab as a postdoctoral scholar. Dr. Qu graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China and will be working on immune repertoire sequencing in vaccination and cancer.


Dr. Jiang attended the Sixth Annual Division on Aging Biology New Investigators Forum on June 19-21, 2012 in Bethesda, MD. She presented her recent work on studying human antibody repertoire in response to influenza vaccination using high-throughput sequencing.


David Martin, a fourth-year BME undergraduate student joined our lab. As a member of the LIVESTRONG Texas 4000 for Cancer team, next summer he will be biking from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska to raise money and awareness for cancer research. He is also a member of Beta Mu Epsilon- UT's Biomedical Engineering honor society and the Sigma Chi fraternity. David just returned from a month long course on Transport Phenomena in Living Systems at the University of Cambridge.


April 6th, 2012, Dr. Jiang's proposal entitled "Error-Free High-Throughput Gene Sequencing" to the Welch Foundation was awarded. This three year grant will fund research aimed to reduce errors in using high-throughput sequencing to study the immune repertoire.


Dr. Wu joined the lab as a postdoctoral scholar. Dr. Wu graduated from Tongji University in Shanghai China and was working on antibody-antigen interaction through structure analysis at the Shanghai Center for Bioinformation Technology.


July 27th, 2011, Dr. Jiang was selected as a Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Scholar (CPRIT Scholar). Dr. Jiang is one of the 28 scientists who have been recruited to Texas through the CPRIT Scholar program. The CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research program recruits exceptional researchers to Texas universities and/or cancer research institutions to enhance innovative programs of excellence in the state by providing scientific and programmatic support for promising first-time, tenure-track faculty, as well as rising stars and established outstanding investigators. More can be found on the CPRIT website.