Research Assistant I - Molecular & Cellular Oncology

Houston, Texas
July 30 2021
Health Sciences
Organization Type
The mission of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology (MCO) is to enable and apply basic research excellence to significantly contribute to ending cancer. The department's oncology-driven research focuses on fundamental mechanistic discoveries and their translation to humans. As a basic science department at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, MCO strives to enhance basic research excellence by establishing a strong research group focused on the molecular and cellular aspects of cancer research, particularly in signaling pathways and crosstalk between tumor and tumor microenvironment in tumor initiation, progression and metastasis, and resistance to various therapies. The Department's research interests include, but are not limited to: cancer cell signaling, metabolism, RNA biology, genetics and epigenetics, DNA damage and repairs, and structural biology. MCO hosts MD Anderson's Functional Genomics Core with the support of the Cancer Center Supporting Grant.

Key Functions

Maintains the Laboratory Mouse Colony
  • This will include extensive record keeping, breeder setups, monitoring and weaning pups, ear tagging, tail snipping, euthanizing, and genotyping.
  • Aid in animal experiments including imaging, tissue harvesting, tissue processing, and tissue immunohistochemistry.

Conducts Research Experiments and Projects
  • Conduct research projects with supervision; may include but not limited to isolating DNA/RNA, PCR/QPCR, and tissue culture.
  • Learns equipment and relevant software needed for experiments.
  • Discuss all stages of projects with senior members and supervisor at lab meetings.

Data Gathering and Analysis
  • Use computer software efficiently for data acquisition, analysis, reporting and presentation.
  • Records and evaluates data in accordance with methods requested.
  • Maintain inventories, keeping precise, timely and accurate records.

General Laboratory Duties
  • Prepare reagent stocks as directed by senior members and supervisor.
  • Perform laboratory safety and provide general lab support as needed.
  • Assist in ordering supplies when the lab manager is absent.


Required: Bachelor's degree, major course work in one of the basic sciences.


Required: No experience.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

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