Contact Us

Interested in research?

PostDoc Candidate?

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • A letter describing their relevant experience
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for 2-3 references by email to Dr. Michael Burton at

Graduate Student (Ph.D.) hopeful? 

Information you’ll need before you apply to the program:

Undergraduate or Graduate Research Intern Candidate?

We ask all incoming interns to volunteer in the lab minimally 1 semester before asking to sign up for course credit of any kind. Undergrad or Masters internship.

We request all research interns commit a minimum of 20 hours/week. No independent weekend or evening hours are allowed for new interns.  

The time commitment must be minimally 3-4– hour blocks of time Monday-Friday from 8am-6pm during training (minimum 2 semesters).

IMPORTANTLY, while you will not work independently over the weekend or evenings, the Burton Lab personnel you work with may need you to come in during evenings and weekends.

For all interested parties please e-mail us at with:

  • A calendar breakdown of your availability 
  • What specifically makes you interested in our lab (please be explicit)
  • Honestly and candidly, how will working in our lab benefit you and how will you bring benefit to us?

Short-term/Summer Research Intern Candidate?

The lab supports the development of junior scientists from all walks and experiences of life. We accept students from all institutes with interests in neuroimmunology, behavior, and career development.

We participate in many summer access research programs that allows for students to spend time in the lab. Programs like the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), Ronald E. McNair, MARC/RISE programs and many more.

A number of intern hopefuls have a major misunderstanding of the laboratory research experience. The research we conduct in the Neuroimmunology and Behavior lab is translational. This means that we think, strategize, and execute with the notion that our research will impact human/patient health. We do this everyday.

The potential to develop therapeutics, strategies, or building blocks to treatments to help many fold more individuals across time is great. This is a part of our impact.

We ask that if you come in our space that you come fully prepared to engage and put in the energy you are prepared to put into your “ultimate goal”, rather is be practicing medicine, conducting research, or anything else.

Thank you for your interest, hope to hear from you soon!