Join The HSU Lab


We seek motivated and creative researchers at all levels. If you are fascinated by the highly regenerative nature of mammalian skin, intrigued by the complexity of cell-cell communication, and want to help us build a dynamic, passionate, and interactive lab environment, we would love to have you here!

Graduate Students

We accept graduate students from ALL programs affiliated with Harvard Integrated Life Sciences , which includes but is not limited to Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) and Molecules, Cells, and Organisms (MCO). We welcome inspired rotation students who want to discover their scientific passion. Please leave a message at the Contact page to discuss timing and projects.

If you are currently a masters or PhD student elsewhere but are enrolled in a graduate program allowing you to work with us as a visiting student, please leave a message at the Contact page with a brief statement of your research interest.

If you are applying to graduate schools and interested in joining the Hsu Lab, please apply directly to Harvard University’s Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) or Molecules, Cells, and Organisms programs.

Postdoctoral Fellows

The lab currently has several openings for highly-driven postdoctoral fellows. Experience in immunology, computational biology, or rodent surgery is a plus. However, candidates with a strong track record in any of the following fields are also encouraged to apply: stem cell biology, developmental biology, neurobiology, cell biology, physiology, biochemistry, or cancer biology. Many lab members (Ya-Chieh included) switched fields in transitioning from graduate student to postdoc, and we always welcome individuals who are interested in applying their unique expertise to study skin stem cells.

Please leave a message at the Contact page with a brief statement of your research interest.


We are strongly committed to mentoring aspiring undergraduate students. Many of our past students learned to develop their independent projects with us. Due to the capacity of the lab, we can only take limited number of students each year. Please consider the following:

Harvard Students

  • 15 hrs per week is the minimum requirement during the semester. Please consider your course workload and extracurricular activities before you apply.
  • We ask that you spend at least one summer in the lab (see fellowship and summer programs at or at
  • We usually accept students no later than the fall semester of their junior year. Most students join the lab during their sophomore year.

Students at other institutions (in the US or elsewhere)

We welcome motivated undergraduate students outside Harvard to conduct summer research with us. Due to the number of applications we receive, we generally give priority to students with some past research experience (in any biology-related field).

Interested undergrads should leave a message at the Contact page with a brief statement of your research interest.

Research Assistants

We currently have an opening for a research assistant. We seek an individual who is passionate about scientific research, is an excellent communicator and team player, and understands what it takes to keep a fast-paced lab functional. This position is also an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated individual to continue their scientific education and development. For details please contact Emily Andrews

Work-Study Students

If you are a Harvard student in the Federal Work Study Program and would like to work with us as your part-time on-campus job, we may have something for you! Please leave a message at the Contact page.