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A Note for Prospective Trainees

The Cohen Lab is a recently established lab and is actively recruiting! Prospective students should apply to the UNC Biological and Biomedical Sciences program here. Prospective postdocs should email Sarah directly at sarahcoh[at] with a statement of research interests, CV, and contact information for 3 references.

Our lab focuses on big questions in cell biology, particularly: what are the proximate and ultimate causes of lipid movement within and between cells?  What are the metabolic and neurodegenerative consequences of mistakes in lipid movement? How can biologists use microscopy to better understand how molecules and organelles traffic through cells? We anticipate that prospective trainees will have overlapping interests in some of these areas.

About UNC-Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the United States, and is consistently ranked as one of the best public institutions in the country. The Cohen Lab is in the UNC Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, which is housed within the UNC School of Medicine. UNC is a large research university and graduate students have broad access to diverse resources.

Chapel Hill is a classic college town nested within a larger urban zone. The city is a short drive from both Duke University in Durham, and NC State University in Raleigh. The combined cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill make up the “Research Triangle,” a fast-growing region known for its research-focused industry.

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Things To Do in Chapel Hill

Live Music

Cat’s Cradle
Local 506
Memorial Hall
The Cave
Carrboro Music Festival         Fridays on the Front Porch


Carolina Brewery
Top of the Hill
Steel String



Carolina Performing Arts
NC Botanical Garden
Ackland Art Museum
Morehead Planetarium
Center for the Study of the American South
Carrboro Farmer’s Market

Outdoor Recreation

Paddling on University Lake
Mountain biking in Carolina North Forest
Mason Farm Biological Reserve
Coker Arboretum
Battle Park
Johnston Mill Nature Preserve

Nearby State Parks

Eno River  (12 miles)
Occoneechee Mountain (13 miles)
Jordan Lake (15 miles)
Umstead  (22 miles)
Falls Lake (33 miles)

Upscale Restaurants

Top of the Hill
Elaine’s on Franklin


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Lipids, Microscopy, Movement