Postdoctoral positions (RNA and metastasis research) at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, Texas (US)
Discussed at interview process
December 14 2018
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Postdoctoral positions (RNA and metastasis research) at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Postdoctoral Fellow positions are available in Dr. Li Ma’s laboratory at MD Anderson Cancer Center ( Since its founding in 2010, the Ma Lab has played a major role in establishing models of microRNA-mediated regulation of metastasis, epithelial-mesenchymal transition, and therapy resistance (Nature Medicine 2012, PLoS Genetics 2014, Nature Communications 2014, Cancer Research 2016, etc), and in rectifying models of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) regulation of metastasis (Nature Genetics 2018 – a paradigm-shifting study that establishes the framework for rigorous characterization of lncRNAs). In addition to RNA-related research, the Ma Lab also discovered the deubiquitinases for key cancer proteins; some of these deubiquitinases are promising anti-tumor and anti-metastatic targets (Nature Cell Biology 2013, Nature Cell Biology 2014, Cell Reports 2018, Nature Communications 2018, etc). Our work has been confirmed and cited by many groups (Dr. Ma’s Google Scholar citations: 10,000 as of 2018). Multiple former postdocs from this lab have landed independent faculty positions.

Current interests include: (1) establishing new paradigms for RNA functions and mechanisms in tumor progression and metastasis; (2) screening for deubiquitinating enzymes that promote tumorigenesis, metastasis, or therapy resistance; and (3) investigating novel regulators and regulations of tumor radioresistance, drug resistance, and anti-tumor immunity.

We consider highly motivated and creative candidates with a recently obtained Ph.D. degree and strong first-author publications. For those interested, please send a CV, three letters of recommendation, and a research statement (

MD Anderson Cancer Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or veteran status except where such distinction is required by law. All positions at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are security sensitive and subject to examination of criminal history record information. Smoke-free and drug-free environment.

Li Ma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Experimental Radiation Oncology – Unit 1052

1515 Holcombe Blvd.

Houston, TX 77030-4009


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