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Postdoctoral Position in Immunology

National Jewish Health
Denver, Colorado
Closing date
Jul 9, 2022

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The Laboratory

A Postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Magdalena Gorska ( at National Jewish Health (NJH) in Denver, CO. The lab studies maternal effects on the offspring immune system and predisposition to allergic diseases.

It is increasingly recognized that maternal environment and health status impact on fetal and neonatal immune systems, shaping offspring susceptibility to immune-mediated diseases. List of maternally-influenced diseases includes asthma. Childhood asthma positively associates with maternal stress and maternal exposure to air pollutants, and negatively, with maternal exposure to microbes present in the farming environment.  Mechanisms how maternal environment and health status affect the offspring immune system and predisposition to asthma are unclear. Dr. Gorska’s lab is focused on addressing these knowledge gaps.

The goals of the lab are to define maternal information that is gained and transmitted to offspring or lost and not transferred to offspring, elucidate routes of information transfer (placenta, breast milk, gametes), delineate offspring cells and pathways that are programmed by this information, and study how these cells and pathways contribute to the development of asthma. The lab has particular interest in cells and pathways of the immune system. The translational goals are to identify early-life biomarkers of predisposition to asthma in humans and define molecular targets for development of preventive drugs.

To accomplish these goals, the lab uses mouse models, human cord blood samples, blood samples from young children with asthma, and a variety of immunological, signaling, epigenetic and transcriptomics approaches.

The Institute

NJH is the leading respiratory hospital in the US and a premier academic center with renowned scientific expertise in immunology, allergy and pulmonary diseases. The institute is responsible for many seminal scientific advances including the discovery of IgE, characterization of the T cell receptor (TCR) and its interaction with MHC molecules, discovery of superantigens and the immunological synapse, delineation of molecular mechanisms underlying B cell anergy as well as mechanisms and consequences of apoptotic cell removal by phagocytes.     

Applicant Qualifications

MD or PhD, background in immunology, developmental biology, cell and molecular biology or related fields

Next Steps:

Email your CV, a brief summary of previous research experience and a list of three references to Dr. Gorska at  Applicants will also need to apply at


National Jewish Health is known worldwide for treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders, and for groundbreaking medical research. Founded in 1899 as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health remains the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to these disorders. U.S. News & World Report has ranked National Jewish Health as the number one or number two hospital in pulmonology on its Best Hospitals list ever since pulmonology was included in the rankings.

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