Postdoctoral Scholar Positions
in the Laboratory of Zihai Li, MD, PhD
Pelotonia Institute for Immuno-Oncology
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Description: Zihai Li, MD, PhD – founding director of the Pelotonia Institute for Immuno-Oncology (PIIO) – is recruiting multiple postdoctoral scholars to join his research team at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC). Dr. Li’s research interests over the last 20-plus years have been primarily in the fields of chaperone biology, immune tolerance, and cancer immunology. The Li lab currently focuses on improving existing immuno-therapeutics and developing novel treatment strategies by understanding how the immune system influences cancer progression and the tumor microenvironment (https://go.osu.edu/zihai). Supported by multiple grants from the NIH and private foundations, active projects include: elucidating the immune-mediated mechanisms behind sex biases in cancer; developing TGFβ-targeted therapies for cancer using anti-GARP monoclonal antibodies, CAR-T and CAR-NK cells; studying roles of mitochondrial metabolism in mediating response to radiation and immunotherapy to overcome resistance to PD-1 immune checkpoint blockers; uncovering immunoregulatory roles of platelets and other understudied myeloid cells in immune evasion; and understanding the fundamental mechanisms of differentiation program of regulatory T cells and CD8+ T cells in cancer, among others. Candidates are encouraged to pursue independent interests within the general framework of immuno-oncology, under the mentorship of Dr. Li.
The Li lab plays a key role in supporting the PIIO Immune Monitoring & Discovery Platform (IMDP), which operates as a technological hub for innovative immunology research. The platform’s mission is to combine state-of-the-art instrumentation, high levels of expertise, and exceptional customer service to create an environment that fosters creativity, collaboration, and productivity. The IMDP delivers high-content spectral flow cytometry and cell sorting, mass cytometry, highly-multiplexed tissue imaging, and single cell proteomics and genomics services, as well as a robust immuno-informatics for deep data analysis (https://go.osu.edu/aboutIMDP).
Qualifications: Recent PhD, MD, DVM, or equivalent post-graduate education in biomedical research, with demonstrable record of original discovery research by peer-reviewed publications. Immunology background desired but not required.
To Apply: Interested candidates should send a single PDF with a cover letter, CV or NIH-style biosketch, and names of three references directly to Dr. Li at email@example.com or contact via Twitter at @Zihai.
The PIIO (https://go.osu.edu/aboutPIIO) is a comprehensive bench-to-bedside research initiative focused on harnessing the body’s immune system to fight cancer at all levels — from prevention to treatment and survivorship. Led by Founding Director Zihai Li, MD, PhD with more than 100 investigators, the overall ambition of the PIIO is to be a leader in driving immuno-oncology (IO) breakthroughs in systems immuno-oncology, immunogenomics, cell therapy and translational immuno-oncology.
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