Postdoctoral Researchers

We welcome applications from individuals with experience in the fields of RNA or chromosome biology, telomeres, or evolutionary biology and development. Please send applications to

Graduate Students

Individuals interested in joining our group as Ph.D. candidates are encouraged to apply to one of the following programs:

Please contact Peter Baumann with informal inquiries.

Kansas City

Kansas City, situated in the heartland of the United States and home to over two million people, is a metropolis known for its diversity of activities, sights, and cultures. Whether you are an art or music lover, a sports fan, or just desiring a good night life or fun weekend festival, there is something for everyone in KC.

Food and Drinks

Although Kansas City is world famous for barbecue, the city offers choices for all tastes and budgets. Kansas City is home to several fine dining locations throughout the city, including local restaurants owned by celebrity chefs Jonathan Justus, Michael Smith and Lidia Bastianich. You will find a wide variety of ethnic food, and many vegan and vegetarian restaurants to try. In addition to the dining available in the city, signature cocktails can be enjoyed at places like Manifesto, a "speakeasy" cocktail bar established during the prohibition era. Furthermore, Boulevard Brewing Company, a local brewery, is “the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest,” and is a very popular and beloved choice for Kansas City denizens.


What better place to enjoy a beer than at a professional sports game? Professional teams include Sporting KC, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and T-Bones, Missouri Mavericks, and Kansas City Blues. Arrowhead Stadium and Kauffman Stadium, home to the Chiefs and Royals respectively, received recent renovations, and Sporting Park, home to the Sporting KC, just opened in June 2011. In addition, the Kansas Speedway hosts two NASCAR race weekends each year.

Art, Theatre, and Music

Art enthusiasts can visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, home to more than 35,000 pieces of art. The Nelson maintains collections from all over the world, and currently houses the largest collection of Chinese art outside of China. In addition, art galleries in the Crossroads Arts District stay open late during First Fridays- a monthly event complete with outdoor concerts, bars, and antique shopping. Each September, the Plaza Art Fair attracts a large crowd to view and buy work by local artists. Theatregoers will find both outdoor and indoor entertainment from nationally touring companies at the Starlight Theatre and the Kansas City Music Hall. In addition, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts houses the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera, and Kansas City Symphony. In addition, the city also hosts concerts featuring a range of musical genres from current bestselling artists to local jazz musicians, a genre of music for which Kansas City is famous.


Kansas City also has many smaller festivals and events, which include the Kansas City Irish Festival and the Renaissance Festival. Or, if you would rather spend the weekend relaxing outdoors, you can visit Loose Park, complete with a 1.5 acre rose garden, or Powell Gardens, a botanical garden comprised of more than 900 acres. During the summer, Kansas City residents can take advantage of many public lakes in the area to boat, ski, sail, or canoe.