Postdoctoral Positions in Innate Immunity / Immunology

UConn School of Medicine
Farmington, Connecticut (US)
December 18 2017
Position Type
Full Time
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Postdoctoral positions in Innate immunity / Immunology

Postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Vijay Rathinam in the Department of Immunology at UConn Health School of Medicine, Farmington, CT to study the molecular mechanisms of activation and regulation of innate immune responses during infections and inflammatory diseases.

The candidate will investigate one or more of the following aspects of innate immunity: cytosolic innate immune sensing, inflammasome biology, host-pathogen interactions, and evasion of innate immune defense by bacterial pathogens.

Relevant publications:

  • Bacterial Outer Membrane Vesicles Mediate Cytosolic Localization of LPS and Caspase-11 Activation. Cell. 2016 May 19;165(5):1106-19.
  • TRIF licenses caspase-11-dependent NLRP3 inflammasome activation by gramnegative bacteria. Cell. 2012 Aug 3;150(3):606-19.
  • The AIM2 inflammasome is essential for host defense against cytosolic bacteria and DNA viruses. Nature Immunol. 2010 May;11(5):395-402.

The applicant must have recently completed a Ph.D. in the areas of immunology, microbiology, or related fields. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated individual with at least one first-author paper in an internationally recognized peer-reviewed journal and a strong background and technical expertise in innate immunity, microbial pathogenesis, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and in vivo murine studies. To apply please send: 1) a cover letter briefly summarizing your research interests and career goals, 2) your CV, and 3) a list of 3 references as a PDF file to

UConn Health is an affirmative action employer in addition to an EEO and M/F/V/PwD employer.

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