Openings for undergraduate / medical students

The Viapiano Laboratory is always open to receive undergraduate and medical students interested in helping with on-going projects. Candidates must be willing and able to come to the laboratory for a minimum of 10 weeks and a minimum of 14 hours a week. Candidates should have a strong background in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, bioengineering, or similar orientations, and must have excellent academic qualifications. Prior research experience is desirable but not required. Extent of participation in research projects and possibility of independent research will be commensurate with laboratory experience.
Applicants must contact the PI or Laboratory Manager and provide the following (preferably as a single PDF file): Curriculum Vitae or Resume; a brief (no more than 1 page) statement of their previous experience in research, if any, copy of academic transcript, and contact information of one reference (preferably a former lab advisor or academic mentor)

New postdoctoral openings

January 2018: A postdoctoral position is currently available at the SUNY Upstate Brain Tumor Research Group (Viapiano Laboratory).

Our laboratory studies the microenvironment of malignant brain tumors (gliomas). Research projects are focused on innate immunity in the brain, cancer immunotherapies, and interaction between glioma and neuroglia cells. Additional pre-clinical projects are focused on developing biological agents to target the extracellular matrix of adult and pediatric gliomas.
We are looking for highly motivated scientists with a background in cancer biology, immunology, or neuroscience. Applicants must have excellent communication skills and prior experience with conventional methods in cellular and molecular biology. Candidates with experience in culture of immune cells, confocal microscopy, rodent surgery, and/or regulation of gene and protein expression are preferred. Recent PhD graduates and junior postdoctoral scientists are encouraged to apply.

Interested individuals should submit a single PDF containing: a) Curriculum vitae with list of abstracts or publications; b) Description of prior or current research (no more than 2 pages); c) Contact information of 3 references. Please submit documentation and any inquiries to the Viapiano Laboratory (

SUNY Upstate Medical University (“Upstate”) is the leading academic medical center and largest healthcare provider in central New York. The university is located in Syracuse, NY, a diverse and affordable metropolitan area with easy access to the Adirondacks, Catskills and Finger Lakes and within driving distance to major population centers on the East Coast. For further information please see: and