Join Our Lab

The Mendoza lab is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working, self-motivated experimental and computational scientists interested in the signaling mechanisms of cancer cell motility. Our laboratory is part of a greater HCI cell biology neighborhood that utilizes recent advances in imaging technology to probe and understand cancer cell behavior (includes the laboratories of Mary Beckerle, Jody Rosenblatt, and Katie Ullman). In addition, the collaborative HCI and Comprehensive Cancer Center provide access to experts in pre-clinical cancer models and translational science, a great boon to efforts to understand the mechanisms of cell invasion in vivo.

Huntsman Cancer Institute is on the University of Utah campus and overlooks the Salt Lake Valley. It is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise, with short commutes to state and national parks, camping, climbing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, skiing, and more. Learn more about living in Utah.

Postdoctoral fellows

Please contact Michelle Mendoza by email and include a CV and cover letter describing your research interests. Three letters of reference will be requested.

Graduate students

The lab takes students through the Molecular Biology program at the University of Utah. Learn more about the program and how to apply.


All open positions are listed through the University of Utah's Human Resources website.

Michelle Mendoza
Michelle C. Mendoza, PhD
Principal Investigator
Cancer Center Bio


The Mendoza lab has a funded collaboration with the Snyder lab to investigate the signaling mechanisms that contribute to ERK hyper-activation and tumor progression in KRas positive, Nkx2.1 negative lung cancers.  This project is jointly carried-out by Rediet Zewdu and Kelley Ingram.