Research Assistant I - Systems Biology

Houston, Texas
September 08 2021
Health Sciences
Organization Type
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The Research Assistant I provides technical assistance in carrying out various research projects.


Conducts experiments and carries out research projects.
  • Conducts experiments and research projects in the various areas of molecular biology, cancer biology, and other biomedical or related scientific fields.
  • Extracts DNA, RNA and protein from a variety of sources.
  • Generates real-time PCR data with RNAs from cancer cell lines, human tissues for validation of biomarkers for breast cancer.

Operates laboratory apparatus and equipment.
  • Utilizes laboratory equipment to carry out experiments.
  • May place calls for repairs, as necessary, and place orders using the institution's purchasing system.

Data gathering and analysis
  • Records and evaluates data in accordance with methods requested.

General Laboratory Support
  • Assists with the following:
    • Tissue culture cell lines in accordance with laboratory procedures.
    • Preparation of sterile media and solutions.
    • Preparing cells for cryogenic storage.
    • Maintaining a liquid nitrogen freezer e-log and chemicals list.
    • Monitoring orders and shelf tissue culture supplies to ensure efficient functioning.


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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