Opportunities and Contact

Committed to guiding, mentoring, creating generations of scientists

We expect people in our lab to work with ethics, dedication and passion. We strive to provide a positive environment for learning science and interpersonal skills, working as a team member, developing as scientists and as people.

Graduate Research

Prospective MSc or PhD students who are interested in working in the Wild Peanut Lab have several entrance options. Candidates can apply through the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG, https://plantbreeding.caes.uga.edu//graduate/courses.html), through the Department of Plant Pathology (https://plantpath.caes.uga.edu/graduate.html) or the Department of Crop Science (https://cropsoil.uga.edu/graduate.html).  Applications can also be done through the Integrated Plant Sciences Recruitment Portal (https://www.plantbio.uga.edu/news/check-out-new-uga-integrated-plant-sciences-ips-portal-recruiting-phd-students).

Scholarships are sometimes available, but students with high GPA (>3.5) and GRE (>310) scores may be considered for fellowships from the departments. Prospective students whose English is not native language must show proficiency attested by the results of the TOEFL or IELTS test and an interview with the PIs.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate students can have research experience in the various activities at the Wild Peanut Lab. They encompass laboratory, greenhouse and, seasonally, field work. Students typically join existing projects and, after some time in the lab, and depending on scientific curiosity, dedication and opportunity, may be encouraged to conduct their own independent project. This will be a criterio of one of the PIs. For further inquiries, please send your CV and a brief statement of research interests to: jkrogers@uga.edu.

Post-Doctoral Research

Post-doctoral research positions are currently not available. However, self-funded scholars who obtained or will apply for grants for their own funding and are interested in joining the Wild Peanut Lab should contact bertioli@uga.edu or sorayab@uga.edu, with a CV and statement of research interests.

Principal Investigators

  • David Bertioli, Principal Investigator (Department of Crops and Soil Sciences)
  • Georgia Research Alliance
  • Distinguished Investigator and Professor
  • Ph.D. Virology, University of Oxford, UK
  • B.Sc. Botany, University of Duhram, UK
  • 706-296-4832
  • bertioli@uga.edu
  • Soraya Leal-Bertioli, Principal Investigator (Department of Plant Pathology)
  • Senior Research Scientist
  • Ph.D. Plant Sciences, Nottingham University, UK
  • B.Sc. Biological Sciences, University of Brasilia, Brazil.
  • 706-296-4863
  • sorayab@uga.edu