Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mitochondrial Biology/ Metabolism

University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida
Commensurate with experience
January 09 2019
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Job Description:

 We are seeking a talented and self-motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate with background in molecular biology/biochemistry to train in Dr. Muthu Periasamy’s lab Our lab has been interested in studying the role of intracellular Ca2+ cycling in muscle physiology and metabolism. As muscle represents the largest organ, energy expenditure in muscle is central to whole body metabolism and obesity. Our hypothesis is that   promoting futile energy expenditure in muscle can prevent obesity and diabetes.  We are currently investigating    how futile cycling of SERCA pump (Ca2+ ion transport ATPase) can generate energy demand and promote lipid metabolism (Bal etal Nat.Med 2012, Maurya et al Cell Rep. 2018 (11):2919-293). A major area of interest is to understand the cross talk between Ca2+ cycling and mitochondrial biogenesis and dynamics. This is a multiyear position and the applicant will be expected to work with mouse models and   muscle cells to understand   mitochondrial biology during high energy demand and in metabolic disease conditions.  Preference will be given to applicants who have strong background in muscle /mitochondrial biology, and metabolism. The candidate will be encouraged to work independently and become highly proficient in manuscript/grant-writing. There are opportunities to develop ideas, seek independent funding, and get promoted in rank.


Required Skills/Experience:

  • Requires a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical sciences
  • Candidates who have research experience in muscle biology , biochemistry ,  muscle growth /differentiation and mitochondrial biology would be preferred
  • Ideal candidate must be motivated, has excellent written/oral communication skills, a strong desire and ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Interested candidates should apply with full CV, statement of research interests, and list of references to

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