Students and Postdocs

Dr. Kannan's Stem Cell and Cancer Biology Laboratory is committed to creating excellent learning opportunities for students and postdoc trainees.


Dr. Kannan's 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 Graduate School. 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 Graduate School 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)

UREP is an hourly paid research employee program for currently enrolled college students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies or a high school mentorship through Mayo Clinic.

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

Postbaccalaureate 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 from any basic science, medicine or engineering are encouraged to pursue postdoctoral studies in Dr. Kannan's Stem Cell and Cancer Biology Laboratory.

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

Candidates with specific research skills, experience, or interests and ideas for research projects in line with current research projects in the Stem Cell and Cancer Biology Laboratory receive preference.

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. Kannan.