Male Drosophila genital imaginal disc during the pupal stage showing mesenchyme-to-epithelial transitions.Drosophila hearts.  The upper one is the heart of a wild type, i.e. normal, fly, while the interesting one below shows what happens when two particular genes of the Forkhead family are defective.  Mutations in the counterparts of these genes cause congenital heart defects in humansBeating cardiomyocytes (heart cells) obtained by directing human induced pluripotent human stem cells (hiPSCs) along the cardiac lineage


The Ahmad Lab often has openings for highly motivated and talented postdoctoral fellows, graduate students interested in pursuing a Ph.D., and undergraduate and high school students seeking research opportunities.  Please contact Dr. Ahmad if you are interested.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Candidates interested in postdoctoral positions in the Ahmad Lab should be highly motivated and capable of working independently, possess a strong background in genetics, genomics, molecular biology, cell biology, or bioinformatics/computational biology, and have first author papers in mainstream journals.  Eligibility for independent funding is desirable.

Graduate Students

Prospective graduate students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in the Ahmad Lab should posses a strong undergraduate knowledge of genetics, molecular biology, and/or developmental biology with some lab experience.  Since the Biology Department at Indiana State University does not presently offer laboratory rotations, interested individuals should contact Dr. Ahmad to determine whether they might be a good fit for the laboratory before applying to the graduate program.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduates interested in pursuing research in the Ahmad Lab should contact Dr. Ahmad.  Note that undergraduate research positions in our lab are not sinecures, and serious research efforts are expected of those who are accepted.

High School Students

Advanced and talented high school students interested in pursuing challenging college-level research projects should contact Dr. Ahmad. Prospective applicants should be aware that research in the Ahmad lab requires a significant time commitment.