Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Cell Competition/Neural Development

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, New York
September 21 2021
Life Sciences, Genetics
Position Type
Full Time
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Postdoctoral positions studying Cell Competition/Neural Development

Postdoctoral positions are available in two areas.

1) Cell competition recognizes and eliminates abnormal cells during development. It is thought to be important in aging and cancer[1]. Our group has identified the cell competition pathway that responds to and eliminates cells with mutant ribosomal protein genes. Positions are available for molecular and developmental studies to better understand the mechanisms and functional contributions of cell competition. Successful applicants will employ multidisciplinary genetic, molecular genetic, biochemical, and imaging approaches to characterize cell competition in flies and/or mice. The ideal candidate should be highly motivated with a PhD or equivalent. Experience in molecular genetics, Drosophila, mouse or yeast genetics, or ribosomes and translation may be an advantage.

Baker, N.E. Emerging mechanisms of cell competition. Nature Reviews Genetics, 2020 21: 683-697. PMID: 32778819

2) Proneural bHLH transcription factors are master regulators of neural cell fate determination and differentiation and important components of neuronal reprogramming strategies in mammals[2]. We will use Drosophila eye development to identify and characterize novel regulators of proneural bHLH proteins, in a multidisciplinary approach that may involve developmental genetic studies, protein biochemistry, and genetic screens coupled to modern whole-genome sequencing approaches. Experience in molecular genetics, Drosophila genetics, or protein biochemistry may be an advantage.

Baker, N.E. and N.L. Brown, All in the family: neuronal diversity and proneural bHLH genes. Development, 2018. 145: p. dev159426.

To apply for either position, send CV, research interests, and reference contact information: Dr. Nicholas Baker (

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Einstein seeks candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence, and the communities we serve. We are located in a residential suburb of New York City. Appointees will be eligible for postdoctoral housing and other benefits.


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