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Picture a world where a bacterium can render males sterile, cause their death, transform them into females, or empower females to reproduce asexually. This is not science fiction. It is a reality in the world of insects, where most harbor Wolbachia bacteria inside their cells. In the Shropshire Lab, we are dedicated to unraveling the secrets of this bacteria’s remarkable effects, and we’re inviting YOU to join us on this fascinating journey.

Our team is continuously expanding, and we actively seek undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and lab technicians who share our fervor for advancing scientific knowledge and are intrigued by the intricate dynamics of insect-microbe interactions.

Undergraduate opportunities

For undergraduate students eager to embark on a research journey with us, there are numerous pathways for involvement. No prior experience is necessary, but we value curiosity, a willingness to learn, and an appreciation for symbiosis. We offer volunteer positions and federal work-study opportunities as accessible entry points. Students demonstrating dedication to their research pursuits may advance to paid part-time technician roles or receive course credit for their invaluable contributions to ongoing projects. Additionally, we provide robust support for students interested in pursuing departmental honors or engaging in the Rapidly Accelerated Research Experience (RARE) program.


If you’re ready to take the next step and apply to join our team, please email Dr. Shropshire at with your application package consisting of a cover letter, CV, and a list of three or more references as a single PDF document. Undergraduate students should also include their transcripts. Informal inquiries are also welcome, and we encourage prospective applicants to reach out to lab members in their preferred positions to learn about working in our team. We eagerly anticipate receiving your application and are enthusiastic about the potential for collaboration on our stimulating research initiatives.

Lehigh Valley

Lehigh University is in Bethlehem, PA, the second-largest city in the Lehigh Valley. There are loads of things to do and places to eat. We are only 70min from Philadelphia, 85min from New York City, 90min from beaches, and 30min from an Appalachian Trail trailhead.

Lehigh University

Lehigh is a prestigious private research university. Boasting a 97% placement rate after graduating, Lehigh is well known for its excellence in education and research.

Iococca Hall

Our lab is in the Department of Biological Sciences in Iacocca Hall, on Lehigh’s scenic Mountaintop Campus. We are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for insect husbandry, molecular biology, microscopy, and other applications. The lab was freshly renovated and ready to generate exciting new data!