Date Posted: Mar 2, 2018
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
- University of Miami
- Location: Miami, FL
- Job Number: 7050189 (Ref #: P00013794)
- Posting Date: Mar 2, 2018
- Application Deadline:
Open Until Filled
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Associate. This position will provide support in developing projects under the supervision of Dr. Maria T. Abreu, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and Director of the Crohn's and Colitis Center. The research focus of Dr. Abreu's laboratory is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colon cancer. Dr. Abreu has a special interest in the intimate relationship between the intestinal mucosa of the human host and its associated intestinal microbiota. In particular, her laboratory is interested in testing the hypothesis that innate immune receptors that recognize bacteria activate intestinal epithelial cells to proliferate promoting colitis-associated cancer. In addition, through their work in toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), an innate immune receptor that recognizes bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS), they are studying how TLRs can regulate colon stem cells in health and in cancer. Dr. Abreu has also embarked on studies looking at TLR signaling in obesity-dependent intestinal inflammation and cancer. The laboratory's recent development of a gnotobiotic (germ-free) animal facility will permit the elucidation of microbial signals leading to inflammation and cancer. Dr. Abreu's translational research looks at gene-environment interaction resulting in IBD especially in immigrant populations.
The duties and responsibilities for this Postdoctoral Associate position may include, but are not limited to, performing computational analyses on microbiome data, including taxonomical and functional classifications; analyzing bacterial communities using various large data sets; planning and designing experiments to elicit host-microbiome interactions in the gut; and presenting findings at lab meetings, seminars, and national/international conferences.
The minimum qualifications for this position are as follows: Ph.D., in a relevant life science field of study, or M.D. Experience with microbial genetics. Strong skills in experimental design, analyzing bacterial communities of any kind (i.e., gut, skin, soil, water, etc.). Programming skills with proficiency in at least one scripting language (i.e., R/Python), parallel computing experience. Good verbal and written communication skills with a good command of the English language.
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