Postdoctoral Fellow - Circadian Clock Control in Metabolic Tissue Development - Ke Ma Laboratory

Duarte, California
January 29 2020
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Thank you for your interest. Please note, the purpose of this posting is to recruit for on-going and future positions in the Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute laboratory of Dr. Ke Ma which investigates signaling mechanisms underlying circadian clock control in metabolic tissue development, growth and functional capacity.

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Position Summary
A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Ke Ma, Associate Professor, at the Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute within Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope. The Ma lab applies state-of-the-art circadian biology, molecular and cellular biology approaches to diabetes and obesity research, and we have established a unique program in deciphering the signaling mechanisms underlying circadian clock control in metabolic tissue development, growth and functional capacity.

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow with strong enthusiasm for metabolic disease or stem cell research to discover novel epigenetic mechanisms mediating circadian clock functions in adipose depots and skeletal muscle. Ultimately, our goal is to unravel circadian etiologies underlying the current epidemics of metabolic diseases for targeted therapeutic interventions. Utilizing biochemical and molecular biology approaches combined with animal physiology in genetic mouse models, the specific research directions in Ma Lab will explore, 1) epigenetic networks mediating clock nutrient-sensing function in adipose tissue and skeletal muscle; 2) circadian clock regulation of stem cell behavior in skeletal muscle development, growth, and regeneration; and 3) novel roles of circadian regulators in cancer development and metabolism.

The candidate should be self-motivated, with a proven track record of productivity and strong interest in metabolic disease, epigenetics or stem cell research.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

  • PhD in Molecular, Cellular or Developmental Biology;
  • Proficiency with biochemical techniques, molecular biology skills and cell culture systems;
  • Highly motivated with strong interest in metabolic disease research;
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work effectively in a team.
Preferred education experience and skills:

  • Experience with in vivo animal model research;
  • Experience in biochemistry and gene regulation;
  • Experience with epigenetics research and genomic bioinformatics analysis;
  • Technical skills in metabolic, epigenetics, and stem cell research.
Additional Information:

  • For more information about Dr. Ma's lab, please click here;
  • To apply, please provide your CV, a brief research statement and a list of three references.
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