Postdoctoral Associates/Fellows

A postdoctoral position is available in the Patel Lab at the Yale Cancer Center and the Yale School of Medicine. Our laboratory has a highly translational focus, with the overall goal of developing non-invasive diagnostic tools for early detection and surveillance of cancer. We have developed innovative technologies to enable ultrasensitive measurement of cancer-associated genomic and epigenomic alterations in cell-free DNA in blood. Most recently, we have developed methods for measuring genome-wide methylation signatures in blood to identify early-stage cancers or early recurrences after therapy. In addition, this platform technology is generating rich whole-methylome datasets from which insights can be gained on tumor heterogeneity, clonal evolution, and therapeutic sensitivity/resistance. Our lab is currently focused on establishing the clinical utility of these technologies and exploring potential new translational applications.

We seek a highly motivated individual with an interest in cancer genomics, epigenomics, and translational cancer research. Candidates must have a strong research track record, and must hold a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree. A background in nucleic acid biochemistry, bioinformatics, and/or data science is advantageous, but we welcome talented applicants from all fields of biomedicine. Researchers with a background in chemistry might find our lab to be a particularly good fit.

If you would like to join our efforts to create new diagnostic tools with the ultimate goal of improving cancer outcomes, please send your CV and a brief cover letter to:

Selected candidates will be asked to provide contact information for telephone references. Interviews can be conducted in person or via Zoom, depending on geographic constraints.

Graduate Students, Residents, Fellows, Medical Students, Undergraduates

We welcome interest from students and trainees at all levels.  Please contact Dr. Patel via email ( to discuss potential projects.