Research Assistant I - Molecular & Cellular Oncology

Houston, Texas
September 08 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.


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

Conducts Research Experiments and Projects
  • Conduct research projects with supervision; may include but not limited to mouse tissue collection, 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 online programs and 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
  • Perform laboratory safety and provide general lab support as needed.
  • Prepare reagent stocks as directed by senior members and supervisor.
  • 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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