Cooperative Ph.D. Training

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The Jackson Laboratory’s  cooperative Ph.D. programs provide training in mammalian genetics and genomic medicine on our Bar Harbor, Maine, or Farmington, Conn., campuses. Students apply through one of our partner institutions - University of Connecticut, Tufts University, University of Maine -  and  follow the degree requirements of their host program. Students perform rotations and their thesis research under the supervision of a JAX faculty member on the corresponding JAX campus.

Advantages of a PhD at JAX:


The JAX faculty represents a range of research interests and technical approaches, from the quantitative genetics of addiction to the impact of the microbiome on health and disease. JAX has particular strengths in research focused on understanding aging, behavior and addiction, computational biology, cancer, development and disease, gene expression, genetics and genomics, immunology and hematology, metabolism, microbiome, neuroscience, reproductive biology, statistical and population genetics, stem cells, systems biology, and translational medicine. 

You can find an overview of all our faculty members here.


Successful candidates will have a demonstrated record of accomplishment in their academic studies as well as independent research experience in an area of biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, or a related discipline.

Students can apply to one or more of JAX’s cooperative Ph.D. programs through the partner universities. Students do not apply to JAX directly. In order to select an appropriate Ph.D. program, interested candidates should familiarize themselves with the faculty and research at the two JAX campuses - Bar Harbor, Maine, and Farmington, Conn. - and the requirements of the individual programs. For further guidance, please contact


Doing a Ph.D. at JAX is more than research. The fellow students at JAX provide a supportive, welcoming community. The JAX Graduate Student Organization sponsors programs specifically addressing the interests and concerns of Ph.D. students. The Predoc & Postdoc Office hosts regular professional development and social events, and there are a number of interest groups that organize activities outside the lab. Bar Harbor, Maine, and Farmington, Conn., offer unique environments for recreation and entertainment.

Tufts University

Tufts@JAX Ph.D. Track in Neuroscience & Neurogenetics
Application deadline: December 1

UCONN Health

Ph.D. in Biomedical Science
Application deadline: December 1

The University of Maine Graduate School

Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering
Application deadline: January 1

Tufts University

Tufts@JAX Ph.D. Track in Mammalian Genetics
Application deadline: December 1