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Research Assistant I

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Jun 1, 2022

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Health Sciences, Healthcare
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Research Scientist
Organization Type
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In the Cheng lab, we strive to understand the fundamental questions of how RNA regulation controls cellular processes in normal biology and in the context of cancer. Working at the interface of RNA splicing and breast cancer biology, our current focus is on regulation of breast cancer metastasis driven by alternative splicing. We use molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics approaches in conjunction with genetic models and patient samples to discover rules and networks that regulate metastasis and associated processes. We work closely with physician scientists and aim to apply our findings from basic research to the development of prognostic markers and therapeutics for the treatment of breast cancer.

Job Duties

  • Prepares and conducts laboratory research experiments; Collects, compiles and analyzes data.
  • Selects, evaluates and applies techniques used in routine research.
  • Engages in teaching graduate or medical students.
  • Collaborates with scientists out of the lab for multidisciplinary study.
  • Advises junior scientists and provide guidance on their projects.
  • Develops new model and technique to support the cancer-related research in the lab.
  • Participates in the development of grant budgets; oversees expenditures of grant monies; performs accounting functions; produces expenditure/encumbrances reports.
  • Consults with faculty to determine equipment purchase priorities based on budget, condition of existing equipment, and scheduled laboratory activities.
  • Demonstrates use and care of equipment to research personnel in the laboratory.
  • Interprets rules, regulations, and policies for faculty and laboratory personnel and insures compliance.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or a related field.
  • Two years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in a related field.
  • Cancer research preferred.

Baylor College of Medicine requires employees to be fully vaccinated -subject to approved exemptions-against vaccine-preventable diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19 and influenza.

Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.


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