Research Opportunities

The Functional Epigenomics Laboratory is committed to creating an excellent learning environment for students and postdoctoral trainees.


Dr. Maia's lab is considering applications from students through several Mayo Clinic programs:

Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP)

The 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.

Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

The PREP is an intense program 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. The program can be up to two years in length and students receive stipends to cover their expenses.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The 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. Students develop and complete or work on existing research projects. Students receive stipends.

Candidates interested in SURF, PREP, Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. programs should pay close attention to application deadlines on each program's website. Candidates interested in the GREP program should contact Dr. Maia directly.


Researchers with the motivation and the passion to work in chromatin biology in the new "omics" era and a track record of peer-reviewed scientific publications are encouraged to pursue postdoctoral study in the Functional Epigenomics Laboratory at Mayo Clinic.

For consideration, contact Dr. Maia with a CV, a brief statement of research interests and three references.