Join the Bush Lab

Interested in Joining the Bush Lab?

  • UW Undergraduate Students: Opportunities available.

Mass Spectrometry: Structural Biology, Instrument Development, and Software Development

Most proteins, particularly those that accomplish complicated tasks, form assemblies with other proteins and molecules that are critical for their function. Our research focuses on the development and application of mass spectrometry technologies to elucidate the structures and assembly of protein complexes and subcellular machines.

Projects can be developed to fit to your background and interests, i.e., there are no special prerequisites other than enthusiasm for research and a good work ethic. In addition to students with interests in chemistry and biophysics, our lab currently has opportunities for students with experience in computer-aid design (CAD of a new scientific instrument) and computer programming (development of software to interpret mass spectrometry data).

Interested students should send a transcript and cover letter to The letter should outline your relevant coursework, any research experience you may have, which aspect of our research interests you most, and how much time you would have to devote to the project.

  • UW Graduate Students: Opportunities are available for a range of instrumental, biological, and physical projects. Interested students are encouraged to attend our weekly group meeting. Please contact Matt Bush for additional information.
  • UW PREP. We participate in the UW Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP). The goal of the program is to bring underrepresented and disadvantaged students to UW for one year following their graduation with a baccalaureate degree to facilitate their subsequent enrollment into graduate school in the biomedical sciences. Please see the program site for additional information.
  • Prospective Graduate Students: Prospective graduate students should apply through the Chemistry Graduate Program or the Biological Physics, Structure, and Design Program.
  • Prospective Postdocs: We do not having funding to support postdoctoral researchers at this time. Interested candidates would need to have their own funding or apply for a fellowship. We also participate in the Sackler Scholars Program in Integrative Biophysics, which can support inter-departmental postdoctoral fellows in cross-disciplinary research.

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