Postdoctoral Fellow - Epigenetics

September 20 2018
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
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Requisition ID: 14705

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow - Epigenetics

Position Summary and Key Responsibilities:

The Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope is looking for a talented Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Jianjun Chen's group is interested in discovering novel genetic and epigenetic regulations and deciphering their underlying molecular mechanisms in normal developmental processes (e.g., hematopoiesis) and tumorigenesis (e.g., leukemogenesis). The group covers research areas with relevance to Hematology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, with an emphasis on RNA epigenetics (mainly focusing on the N6 methyladenosine (m6A) modification) and DNA epigenetics (mainly focusing on the TET1/2/3-mediated DNA demethylation) associated basic and translational research. Research involves experiments with primary human cancer cells, cancer and stem cell transplantation models, mouse genetics, classic molecular, biochemistry and cell biology, functional genomics, signal transduction, and large-scale data analysis and computational biology.

Methods/Techniques used in the Lab: including but not limited to: Flow cytometry, mass spectrometry/quantitative phospho-profiling, CyTOF, mouse genetics, bone marrow transplantation assays, retroviral gene delivery, whole exome sequencing and RNA-seq-analysis of clonal evolution of cancer, m6A/5hmC dot blots, m6A-seq, 5hmC-seq, ChIP-seq, RIP-seq, PAR-CLIP-seq, pre-clinical drug testing in xenotransplantation models.

For more information about Dr. Chen's research, please click here.

Please include a brief motivation statement, updated CV, and three references with your application.

Minimum Education and Skills Required for Consideration:

  • A Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree(s) in life or biomedical sciences, or a related discipline is required;
  • The candidates should not have more than three years of postdoc training experience. The candidates should be highly motivated individuals with the ability to work in a team environment and with good oral and written communication skills in English.

Preferred Education and Skills:

  • Solid background in biochemistry, mouse model studies, hematology, epigenetics, immunology, pathology, and/or stem cell research.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Examples of recent work:

  1. Jiang X, Huang H, Li Z () & Chen J. Blockade of miR-150 maturation by MLL-fusion/MYC/LIN-28 is required for MLL-associated leukemia. Cancer Cell. 22: 524-535. (2012)
  2. Li Z, Herold T, He C () & Chen J. Identification of a 24-Gene Prognostic Signature That Improves the European LeukemiaNet Risk Classification of Acute Myeloid Leukemia: An International Collaborative Study of 1,324 Patients. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 31(9):1172-81. (2013)
  3. Jiang X, Hu C, Arnovitz S () & Chen J. miR-22 has a potent anti-tumor role with therapeutic potential in acute myeloid leukemia. Nature Communications. 7:11452. (2016)
  4. Li Z, Weng H, Su R, () & Chen J. FTO Plays an Oncogenic Role in Acute Myeloid Leukemia as a N6-Methyladenosine RNA Demethylase. Cancer Cell. 31(1):127-141. (2017)
  5. Jiang X, Hu C, Ferchen K () & Chen J. Targeted inhibition of STAT/TET1 axis as a therapeutic strategy for acute myeloid leukemia. Nature Communications. 8:2099. (2017)
  6. Su R, Dong L, Li C () & Chen J. R-2HG exhibits anti-tumor activity by targeting FTO/m6A/MYC/CEBPA signaling. Cell. 172(1-2):90-105. (2018)
  7. Weng H, Huang H, Wu H () & Chen J. METTL14 Inhibits Hematopoietic Stem/Progenitor Differentiation and Promotes Leukemogenesis via mRNA m6A Modification. Cell Stem Cell. 22(2):191-205. (2018)
  8. Huang H, Weng H, Sun W, () & Chen J. Recognition of RNA N6-methyadenosine by IGF2BP proteins Enhances mRNA Stability and Translation. Nature Cell Biology. 20(3):285-295. (2018)

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