Join the lab



We have an open position in the laboratory for a theoretician interested in the ecology and evolution of infectious disease.  More details and the application is here.  Please feel free to contact mike to discuss this.

I am also happy to discuss funding options, including (1) co-authoring a grant proposal that could support your postdoctoral research, or (2) developing and honing fellowship applications for you to acquire your own salary support. If you wish to do postdoctoral research on topics relevant to my lab, then feel free to get in touch to discuss such funding options.

Graduate Students

I am always on the lookout for good new PhD students. I encourage my students to pursue their own research ideas, within the context of the the infectious disease questions our lab examines. We are broadly interested in infectious disease processes, ranging from pure theory, to modeling particular diseases alongside empirical work in the field and lab.  Students have the opportunity to combine these approaches or specialize,  with the question rather than the system that is most important.

If you are interested in getting a Ph.D. in my laboratory, I would encourage you to contact me to introduce yourself. When you do so, you should make it clear what kinds of research you are interested in. Be sure to familiarize yourself with my research before contacting me, to make sure you understand what type of research you are expressing an interest in! PhD students are not expected to pick up ongoing projects in the lab, your interests should at least align with the general themes of the lab.

Berkeley Undergraduates 

The Boots lab is happy to welcome undergraduate researchers to our lab. Our undergraduate researchers primarily work with our moth-baculovirus lab system, but undergraduates interested in mathematical modeling or bioinformatics should also contact the lab to check for opportunities. There are a number of ways to get involved in research in the Boots lab:

  • Volunteer—we welcome new researchers who want to volunteer in the lab. Volunteers will assist with the running of current experiments and get an introduction to the lab and projects. Time commitment is variable and flexible. Ideally, students will volunteer at the beginning of their involvement with the lab and then be moved onto URAP/Work-Study/Honors projects as they gain experience.
  • URAP—We will be creating a number of URAP projects for undergraduates. These projects will vary and you should check the URAP website for the postings. The aim is for undergraduates on URAP to semi-independently run their own pre-determined small research project. Time commitment will be variable, but regular commitments would be expected. Students with previous experience in the Boots lab will be favored in applications.
  • Work-Study—We will be creating work-study positions for students eligible for the work-study program. Work-study undergraduates will be responsible for the daily running of the lab including helping maintain the current experimentsJobs will be for about 10 hours weekly.
  • Honors project—We welcome undergraduates who want to complete honors projects with the Boots lab. The aim for honors projects will be for students to assist in the development of an independent research question, which they will then develop methods for and test. Time commitment for honors projects will vary, but will likely be 10+ hours a week. We highly encourage students interested in honors projects to get involved with the Boots lab before their senior year in order to gain a firm understanding of the system.
  • Bioscholars—We welcome undergraduates involved in BSP or other research programs to get involved in the lab. We’d aim for students to get involved in research projects similar to URAP projects.

We also suggest that students interested in the Boots lab also take Professor Boots’ class IB 114: Infectious Disease Dynamics in order to learn some of the concepts behind our research.

To get involved, please apply for the appropriate position or email Mike Boots ( and Elisa Visher ( with your research resume and a short statement about your interests and goals for the lab.