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Postdoctoral Fellow in Cardiovascular Functional Genomics

University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
Galveston, Texas
Salary commensurate with NIH scale
Closing date
Jan 11, 2022
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The Ward Lab ( at the University of Texas Medical Branch is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead core projects focused on cardiovascular functional genomics. The goal of the Ward Lab is to dissect the global role of regulatory elements in directing gene expression in healthy, stressed and disease states in cardiovascular disease-relevant cell types. We use a variety of population and evolutionary genomics approaches and induced pluripotent stem cell-based tools to tackle this problem.

Projects are available in several areas including:

-gene regulatory dynamics during differentiation to cardiovascular cell types

-gene regulatory processes in response to perturbation

-individual variation in cardiovascular disease-relevant cell types

For example, one project in the lab involves the study of the genetic and mechanistic basis of chemotherapeutic agent-induced cardiotoxicity. We seek to gain insight into predicting which chemotherapeutic agents are likely to induce cardiotoxic side effects in a patient based on an individual’s genotype, which will allow better informed treatment strategies.

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual to join our growing team. Candidates should have received their Ph.D. within the last year in Genetics, Computational Biology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field. Ideal candidates would have some experience analyzing next-generation sequencing data. They should have excellent communication skills and a good track record of productivity, including a first-author paper.

The University of Texas Medical Branch, located on the island of Galveston, is a member of the University of Texas System, the Texas Medical Center based in Houston (the largest medical center in the world approximately 50 miles away), and the Gulf Coast Consortia in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences, thereby providing a vibrant research community. There are excellent Core facilities on campus including Next Generation Sequencing, Flow cytometry and Proteomics.

Please apply by sending a cover letter, C.V., and contact information for three references via email to Dr. Michelle Ward (miward {@} utmb {.} edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Informal enquiries are welcome.

UTMB Health strives to provide equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. As a VEVRAA Federal Contractor, UTMB Health takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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