Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pulmonary Vascular Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine
Position Description: The laboratory of Cristina M. Alvira, MD in the Center for Excellence in Pulmonary Biology in the Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow in pulmonary vascular biology to join its research program. The postdoctoral fellow will join NIH funded projects to elucidate molecular mechanisms that control alveolarization, the final stage of lung development, with a specific focus on how the lung microenvironment influences pulmonary angiogenesis and alveolar development. Specific areas of research include identification of pulmonary endothelial heterogeneity, and how endothelial cell phenotypes change during development and in response to injury. Molecular, genetic and biochemical approaches are used to identify key regulators of pulmonary angiogenesis, and to explore how these pathways are altered in lung disease, in order to identify new therapeutic targets that can be used to enhance lung growth and repair during injury. A key part of this project will be to leverage single cell transcriptomic profiling to identify subpopulations of endothelial cells with unique angiogenic capacity. Dr. Alvira’s lab is housed within the shared laboratory space of the Center for Excellence in Pulmonary Biology, allowing for active interaction and collaboration with numerous other research groups with expertise in pulmonary vascular remodeling, developmental biology, cystic fibrosis, and interstitial lung disease. In addition, the Center for Excellence in Pulmonary Biology has access to world-renown core facilities and resources within Stanford University to support cutting edge biomedical research using the latest technologies.
Qualifications: Ideal candidates will have an MD and/or PhD with a strong background in cell and molecular biology, excellent written and oral communication skills, be self-motivated, and a great team player. English proficiency is a must. Candidates with a background in developmental biology, lung injury, or vascular biology are particularly encouraged to apply. Previous experience working with genetic mouse models and primary alveolar epithelial or pulmonary endothelial cells would also be very helpful. To apply, please forward your cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to Cristina Alvira, MD at