Christopher D. Johnston

The Forsyth Institute, Department of Microbiology

245 First Street, 6th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

Email: cjohnston@forsyth.org     Telephone: +1(617) 892-8309

*In April 2019, the lab will be relocating to Seattle (WA) to join The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) within the Department of Vaccine and Infectious Disease,


Join the Johnston Lab 

We’re always looking for highly motivated, hard-working and enthusiastic people to come work with us. We especially encourage those from backgrounds poorly represented in STEM fields to apply to the lab.

Postdoctoral Research Training

Open postdoc positions in the lab will be advertised here. I also welcome inquiries from postdocs interested in applying for independent funding.

January 25th 2019: The Johnston Laboratory in the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is recruiting a highly motivated and creative Post-Doctoral Fellow to conduct research relating to synthetic microbiology and microbial genetics / epigenetics. The successful candidate will be involved with delineation of the innate genetic defense systems of bacterial species and the design, development, and implementation of methodologies to bypass these systems during genetic engineering. This position will be funded under an NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award (TR01) research grant entitled “The SyngenicDNA and µPOET Platform: Overcoming Innate Barriers to Genetic Engineering in Bacteria.”

Here is the link to the full posting: https://careers-fhcrc.icims.com/jobs/12818/

Boston Public High School Students

Each year we accept student applications for summer internships through the Forsyth Student Scholars Program (formally EOP program): https://www.forsyth.org/forsyth-student-scholars-program

Graduates of this program often go on to achieve great things: Chelsey Skeete, a Rittling/Johnston Lab alumna, is just one example.