Postdoctoral and Graduate Positions


Dr. Sandra Davidge’s laboratory is currently looking for a graduate student. The focus of the Davidge laboratory is to understand the mechanisms of cardiovascular dysfunction in complicated pregnancies for both the mother and her offspring. The laboratory has three complementary programs that include: the investigation of the causes and consequences of preeclampsia, determining the consequences of maternal aging on pregnancy outcomes, and addressing the mechanisms of cardiovascular pathophysiology in offspring born from complicated pregnancies [a field termed the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)]. 


Dr. Clugston: positions available

Dr. Clugston’s laboratory is currently recruiting undergraduate and graduate students interested in vitamin A (retinoid) biology, with applications focused on the role of retinoid signaling in the pathogenesis of liver disease, metabolic disease, and embryogenesis.

Please refer to Dr. Clugston’s homepage for details of his on-going research projects. Undergraduate students wishing to obtain laboratory experience during the summer months, or conduct an undergraduate research thesis (e.g. PHYSL467, or PHYSL468/469) are welcome to contact Dr. Clugston by e-mail (clugston@ualberta.ca) with a letter of interest, as well as an attached resume and copy of undergraduate transcripts.

Graduate students wishing to undertake an MSc or PhD in the Clugston laboratory should e-mail Dr. Clugston with a letter of interest and the following documents: academic CV, undergraduate transcripts, and a list of three references. In all cases, students with a background in physiology or biochemistry and previous lab experience will be given priority.



There is currently an opening for a PhD student to study cardiac remodeling and heart disease. The successful candidate should be capable of leading a project that will involve in vivo (mouse) models of heart disease, and the related in vitro (cell culture) and molecular analyses. The successful applicant will have sufficient hands-on research background, preferably an MSc degree in a related field, and will be competitive for internal and external funding. Applicants should email their curriculum vitae to Dr. Zam Kassiri (z.kassiri@ualberta.ca). This should include complete details of academic record, publications, a short statement of personal research goals, and the names of three referees whom we may contact.

Positions for a motivated and enthusiastic PhD student and a post-doctoral fellow are available in the field of vascular pathology, atherosclerosis and aortic aneurysm. Prior research experience (animal handling, immunohistochemistry, protein/RNA process, cell culture) and a degree (MSc or PhD) in a related field will be an asset. Applicants should email their curriculum vitae to Dr. Zam Kassiri (z.kassiri@ualberta.ca). This should include complete details of academic record, publications, a short statement of personal research goals, and the names of three referees whom we may contact.
Dr. Gavin Oudit is currently looking for a PhD student: There is an opening for a PhD student in our research group. I am a Cardiologist and Clinician-Scientist and we have a major research program in heart and vascular diseases with a clear translational focus. We combine our pre-clinical models with clinical research in our patients with heart failure while also studying cells and tissue obtained from explanted failing human hearts obtained at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. Several of our discoveries including amlodipine for iron-overload cardiomyopathy, recombinant human ACE2 and apelin analogues for cardiovascular diseases have entered clinical trials. Being part of the Cardiovascular Research Centre, we also have access to state-of-the-art core research facilities for physiological studies, high resolution imaging, and molecular biology. 
The stipend will start at $27,000 per year. Successful applicants will have completed their undergraduate degree at a reputable university and be competitive for internal and external studentship awards. Applicants should email their curriculum vitae to Dr. Gavin Y. Oudit at gavin.oudit@ualberta.ca. This should include complete details of academic record, publications, a statement of personal research goals, and the names of two referees whom we may contact for further details.
Dr. Gavin Oudit is currently looking for a postdoctoral fellow: There is an opening for a postdoctoral fellow in our research group. I am a Cardiologist and Clinician-Scientist and we have a major research program in heart and vascular diseases with a clear translational focus. We combine our pre-clinical models with clinical research in our patients with heart failure while also studying cells and tissue obtained from explanted failing human hearts obtained at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. Several of our discoveries including amlodipine for iron-overload cardiomyopathy, recombinant human ACE2 and apelin analogues for cardiovascular diseases have entered clinical trials. Being part of the Cardiovascular Research Centre, we also have access to state-of-the-art core research facilities for physiological studies, high resolution imaging, and molecular biology.

The stipend will start at $40,000 per year. Successful applicants will have completed their PhD within the last 3 years, and should have a publication list and academic record which is competitive for external fellowship awards. Applicants should email their curriculum vitae to Dr. Gavin Y. Oudit at gavin.oudit@ualberta.ca. This should include complete details of academic record, publications, a statement of personal research goals, and the names of two referees whom we may contact for further details.


Dr. Peter Nguyen is currently looking for a MSc Student, with undergraduate degree in Physiology, Pharmacology, Zoology, or Neuroscience. Lab experience with mice/rats, and/or electrophysiology desirable.


Dr. Silvia Pagliardini is currently looking for graduate students interested in working on the following projects concerning neural control of breathing: 1) functional role of the paraFacial Respiratory group in respiratory control; 2) state dependent modulation of respiratory muscle activity.  Research will use a combination of anatomical, electrophysiological and optogenetic techniques.


Dr. Jessica Yue is currently looking for hard-working undergraduate summer research project students (e.g. PHYSL 467), undergraduate research thesis students (e.g. PHYSL 468 and 469), and graduate students interested in diabetes and obesity research. 

Research projects will focus on how the brain regulates whole-body glucose and lipid metabolism.  Research will involve methods in physiology, pharmacology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics.  In addition to standard laboratory techniques, trainees will be taught to independently perform sophisticated stereotaxic brain surgeries; vascular catheterization surgeries; and in vivo experiments to measure glucose tolerance, glucose production, insulin sensitivity, and lipoprotein secretion.   

Prospective students will likely:

  • have a keen interest in pursuing careers in research, medicine, or health sciences
  • possess a strong background in physiology and endocrinology
  • have taken prior lab courses at the undergraduate level or beyond
  • be comfortable working with animals in a lab setting
  • be self-motivated, critical thinkers, with the capability to work both independently and in a team setting
  • possess grades competitive for application for external scholarship/studentship funding (applicable to graduate student applicants) 

Please direct inquiries and interest to Dr. Jessica Yue (jessica.yue@ualberta.ca).