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Postdoc - kidney genomics

Boston Children's Hospital - Kidney Genomics
Boston, Massachusetts (US)
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Jan 17, 2022

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The Sampson Lab studies the genomics of nephrotic syndrome, a rare and often debilitating form of kidney disease. We use a variety of technologies (e.g. SNP arrays, whole genome sequencing, RNA-seq and ATAC-seq of kidney tissues) and methods (e.g. GWAS, eQTL, rare variant association, epidemiologic modeling) to (1) discover genetic drivers of nephrotic syndrome, (2) provide insight on their biological mechanisms, and (3) describe their clinical impact. Current areas of focus include (1) immunosuppressive sensitive nephrotic syndrome, (2) APOL1-associate kidney disease, and (3) gene regulatory circuit mapping in kidney cells to illuminate mechanisms underlying nephrotic syndrome risk loci. Our group is extremely collaborative both through formal participation in consortia and through informal collaborations with medical professionals and experimental groups worldwide.

We are now interested in recruiting a post-doctoral fellow for a project related to immunosuppressant sensitive nephrotic syndrome (ISNS). Through GWAS, our group and others have begun to illuminate the genetic basis of ISNS. Bioinformatic and multiomic integrative analyses of the small but growing number of ISNS GWAS loci point to genes expressed in resident kidney cells and circulating immune cells. We now need to experimentally pursue these GWAS loci to implicate the causal SNPs, the gene(s) they impact, and the cell type(s) in which they exert their effect. 

To drive this project, we seek an individual with a strong background in cell or molecular biology, or related fields. We prefer experience with molecular genetics and glomerular biology OR immunology.

 Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree
  • Expertise in cell or molecular biology
  • Existing knowledge of glomerular or immunologic disease or immune dysregulation
  • Enjoyment of working with a large and diverse team of physician-scientists, scientists, and trainees
  • Expected to write portions of research proposals and manuscripts while also acting as a liaison with external collaborators to acquire data and to share research information
  • Expected to make formal presentations of research findings and to take a leadership position and make decisions about the direction of the research work

Qualified candidates with interest in this training opportunity should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae 

Contact Information

Matt Sampson, MD MSCE

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Warren E. Grupe Chair in Nephrology, Boston Children’s Hospital

Associate Member, Broad Institute


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