Postdoctoral Associate (Microbial Genetics)

Miami, Florida
Apr 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Department of Medicine has an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Associate. This position will provide support in developing projects under the supervision of Dr. Maria T. Abreu, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Director, Crohn's and Colitis Center. The research focus of Dr. Abreu's laboratory is inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer. Dr. Abreu has a special interest in the intimate relationship between the intestinal mucosa of the human host and its associated intestinal microbiota. In particular, the laboratory is interested in testing the hypothesis that innate immune receptors that recognize bacteria activate intestinal epithelial cells to proliferate promoting colitis-associated cancer. In addition, through their work in toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), an innate immune receptor that recognizes bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS), they are studying how TLRs can regulate colon stem cells in health and in cancer. Dr. Abreu has also embarked on studies looking at TLR signaling in obesity-dependent intestinal inflammation and cancer. The lab's recent development of a gnotobiotic (germ-free) animal facility will permit the elucidation of microbial signals leading to inflammation and cancer. Dr. Abreu's translational research looks at gene-environment interaction resulting in IBD especially in immigrant populations.

The minimum qualifications for this position are as follows: Ph.D. or M.D., prefer experience with microbial genetics. Candidates must have successfully defended their thesis to be eligible for consideration. Strong skills in experimental design analyzing bacterial communities of any kind such as gut, skin, soil, water, etc. Programming skills with proficiency with at least one scripting language such as R/Python, parallel computing experience. Good communication skills, both verbal and written, with a good command of the English language.

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