Education and Training

Dr. Jurk's Biology of Aging and Age-Related Diseases Lab at Mayo Clinic provides valuable learning experiences for students and postdoc trainees.

Dr. Jurk's Biology of Aging and Age-Related Diseases Laboratory is committed to creating valuable learning opportunities for students and postdoc trainees. We have already successfully trained undergrad students, master students, Ph.D. students and postdoc fellows.


The lab is considering applications from students through several Mayo Clinic programs:

Each year, through a highly competitive selection process, students are admitted to Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. programs at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Selected students pursue research in one of the seven academic specializations available:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering and Physiology
  • Clinical Translational Science
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
  • Neurobiology of the Disease
  • Virology and Gene Therapy

Students have exceptional flexibility to choose a research mentor. Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences provides stipends and full-tuition scholarships for all Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. students.

Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP)

GREP is an hourly paid research employee program for students with undergraduate degrees who are pursuing medical school or graduate school admission. The program can last up to two years and start at any time during the year.

Undergraduate Research Employment Program (UREP)

For students pursuing an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or math, UREP is an hourly paid research employee program that lasts for a minimum of 10 weeks in the summer. You must have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies and be enrolled to return to your studies in the fall.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

SURF is a 10-week research fellowship for undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior years at a U.S. college or university who are interested in pursuing admission to a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. program. You develop and complete or work on existing research projects and receive stipends.

Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

PREP is an intense program of up to two years designed to expose students from underrepresented communities with undergraduate degrees to basic and translational research prior to application to Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. programs. Students receive stipends to cover their expenses.


Trainees with a great sense of imagination and motivation and a track record of peer-reviewed scientific publications (any basic science, medicine or aging) are encouraged to pursue postdoctoral studies in Dr. Jurk's Biology of Aging and Age-Related Diseases Laboratory.

Contact Dr. Jurk and provide a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and two or three references.

Visit these links for postdoctoral training positions at Mayo Clinic:

Candidates interested in SURF, PREP, Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. programs should pay close attention to application deadlines and apply through the appropriate Mayo Clinic website.

Candidates interested in UREP, GREP or postdoctoral positions should contact Dr. Jurk.