Join Us

Interested high school students and teachers, undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers should send email to kim.orth at

High school students

UT Southwestern runs the STARS (Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern) program and we regularly participate by conducting lab tours and introducing our research to high school classes.

STARS also offers a Summer Research Program in which we have a junior high school student join the lab for eight weeks during the summer to work on a research project and get a taste of life as a scientist.


The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at UT Southwestern allows undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in science to get hands-on experience in the lab by working on a 10-week research project.

Graduate Students

If you would like to work in the lab as graduate student, you will have to join the UT Southwestern Graduate Program. Most graduate students working in the lab are a part of either the Biological Chemistry or Molecular Microbiology programs. Please email if you are interested in doing a lab rotation.

Postdoctoral Researchers

If you are interested in joining the lab as a Postdoctoral Researcher or Fellow, please email

UT Southwestern Medical Center has a very active Postdoctoral Association (PDA) of which every postdoctoral researcher or fellow working at UTSW automatically becomes a member. The PDA organizes a broad range of both social activities and research-related events, such as the Postdoctoral Research Symposium. UTSW also offers Certificate Programs providing training in soft skills for postdoctoral researchers.

Click here to get information about living in Dallas and working at UT Southwestern Medical Center.