Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Minneapolis, Minnesota
competitive salary offered
January 25 2021
Position Type
Full Time
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow- Cell Biology and Translational Science- Competitive salary & comprehensive benefits package offered

Postdoctoral position available immediately to study the role of microtubule stability in cancer chemoresistance and in neurodegenerative diseases.

We offer a postdoctoral position for a highly motivated, ambitious, and productive applicant with an interest in understanding the mechanism of microtubule stability in the context of cancer and neurodegeneration. The position is available in the laboratories of Drs. Martina Bazzaro ( AND and David Odde ( at the Masonic Cancer Center and Department of Bioengineering at the University of Minnesota, USA.

For the longest time, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases have been considered at the opposite end of the spectrum of human diseases. That is because cancer is characterized by highly dividing cells that resist death while neurodegenerative diseases are generally characterized by death of post-mitotic cells. Today, genetic and cell biology studies show multiple common pathways in cancer and neurodegeneration. This includes pathways that regulate microtubule stability in cells.

This project will explore the mechanisms through which UNC-45A, a novel Microtubule-Associated-Protein and regulator of paclitaxel sensitivity in human cancer cells, regulates microtubule dynamic in vitro (reconstituted microtubules,) in living cells (cancer cells and neurons) and in human clinical specimens of cancer and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Manuscripts from our laboratories are regularly chosen as featured articles and cover art, and our laboratory members have consistently received funding and awards. Our latest manuscript on the role of UNC-45A in regulating MT stability is published and featured in Journal of Cell Science and has an associate First Person interview with the joint first authors of the paper. (

The applicant must have a Ph.D. in cell biology, biochemical engineering, neuroscience, biochemistry, or a related field, and proven productivity with at least one first author publication. Applicants for this position should have expertise in live-cell fluorescent imaging, confocal microscopy, SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, immunohistochemistry, invasion and migration assay along with an interest in studying microtubule dynamics, human cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.  Finally, the applicant must be well versed in Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and graphing programs such as Prism. The applicant must be attentive and reliable with various modes of communication (email, texts) and must have the motivation to pursue and drive a project independently.

We offer an outstanding academic environment that fosters excellence, personal growth, and career development at a top-notch facility and a unique network of local and international collaborators.

If interested, please reach out to Dr. Bazzaro ( with a Bio and the name of three references.