Join the Lab

All researchers, whether undergraduate or graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, lab staff, and the principle investigator, play an important role in the scientific process in the lab. Everyone makes a contribution to a vibrant, creative, and productive environment.

Undergraduate students interested in joining the lab should contact Dr. Frese for more information. Students from underrepresented groups (e.g. Black, Latinx, LGBT, First-gen students), and especially those interested in food science, nutrition, and the gut microbiome, are encouraged to contact Dr. Frese about joining the lab.

In addition to the Nutrition Graduate program (MS), Dr. Frese is also a member of several MS and PhD programs at UNR: the Environmental Sciences & Health Interdisciplinary Graduate program, the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Graduate Program, as well as the Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology and Cell and Molecular Biology Interdisciplinary Graduate programs.

Note: We are currently (as of March 2023) not taking on additional students for the Fall 2023 term, as the lab is at capacity.

Important Resources

Graduate Studies at UNR

Visit the Grad Studies page for information on program requirements, deadlines, or the University.

Lab Code of Conduct

(Under Development – Jan 2021)
Maintaining a professional and harassment-free workplace is essential for everyone. Science is no place for discriminatory comments or behavior.

Pack Research Experience Program

The PREP program at UNR supports research conducted by freshman and sophomore students from under-represented groups at UNR.


The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) funds a 10 week program for students in a faculty lab and the Faculty-Led Authentic Research Experience (FLARE) offers a 5 week research experience


The Nevada Undergraduate Research Award provides competitive grant funding to all undergraduates to conduct research on campus

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