Post Doctoral Associate

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University of Massachusetts Medical School
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55 Lake Ave North

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Applied Immunology and Translational Science

Responsibilities:

 

The Moormann lab studies human immunity against infectious diseases and infection-associated cancers. Our basic immunology approach applies knowledge of immune mechanisms in order to further our understanding of how Plasmodium falciparum malaria and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) co-infections in children promote immunopathology and endemic Burkitt lymphoma (eBL) tumorigenesis.

 

Taking the lead on NIH-funded projects that interrogate human T cell immunity within the context of epidemiologic studies, in vitro assays and humanized mouse models. Designing and carrying out experiments to explore one or more of the following topics: determine the functional role of unconventional CD8 T cell subsets associated with malaria infections in eBL pathogenesis (Falanga, et al., JCIi 2017); determine the expression pattern of immune checkpoint inhibitors and activation markers within the tumor microenvironment and their functional role in tumor maintenance; a new project involves determining the longevity of T cell immunity to SARS-CoV-2 within household clusters. These hypotheses will be tested using by high resolution multiparameter flow cytometry, single cell RNAseq, and in vitro cytotoxicity assays. Humanized mouse model studies are done in collaboration with Drs. Mike Brehm @ UMMS, Lenny Shultz @ Jackson Labs, and Christian Münz @ the University of Zurich.

 

Expectations also include preparation of oral presentations for program/department research in progress meetings, submission of abstracts for poster and oral presentations at national/international meetings, and oversight of technician and/or student working on related projects.

Training environment: Dr. Moormann is a mentor for the Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) and has collaborations with world renowned scientists at Duke University (Micah Luftig), Brown University (Jeff Bailey), the Kenya Medical Research Institute (John Michael Ong’echa) and the University of Zurich, Switzerland (Christian Münz). These collaborations provide additional support and professional networking for a post-doctoral trainee to flourish if they would like to pursue a career in academics.Find out more about the UMMS research community at http://www.umassmed.edu/research-home/UMass Medical School is located in Worcester, in the heart of Massachusetts on Lake Quinsigamond. An affordable place to live and commuter distance to western Boston suburbs.

 

Requirements:

  • Highly motivated with a PhD in Immunology, Cell or Molecular Biology or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated interest in human immunology, B and T cell immunity to infectious diseases
  • Experience or strong interest in the emerging trends in computational analyzes such as FlowJo, SPICE, and OMIQ platform including FlowSOM, UMAP, tools. Ability to learn/ work with R.
  • Experience in the following techniques prioritized: multi-parameter flow cytometry, in vitro cytotoxicity assays, handling/injecting/genotyping mice, preparation of tissues for histology, single cell RNA sequencing.
  • Experience with mouse models or willingness to learn techniques to do subcutaneous injections, bleed mice and measure tumors weekly.
  • Willing to work in laboratory in Kenya (for ~ 3-4 weeks per year) to optimize sample collections from study participants for immunologic and single cell assays.
  • Enjoys training students, good written and oral communication skills, self-motivated and organized, willing to contribute to other team-science collaborative projects.

 

To apply for this position: Send your CV and the contact information for three references to Dr. Ann Moormann @ [email protected]

 

 

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A History of Making Vital Improvements - UMASS Medical School Milestones

1962: Legislation establishes University of Massachusetts Medical School
1970: First medical students begin classes in Shaw Building
1974: First class graduates 16 MDs
1979: PhD program begins
1986: Graduate School of Nursing opens
1986: PhD program becomes Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
1994: Graduate School of Nursing initiates PhD program
1998: UMass Clinical System and Memorial Health Care merge to form UMass Memorial Health Care
2001: Lazare Research Building opens
2002: Campus Modernization begins on the University Campus
2004: Graduate Entry Pathway Program established at the Graduate School of Nursing
2005: PhD Program in Clinical & Population Health Research established at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
2005: Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories opens new manufacturing and filling facility in Mattapan
2006: Craig Mello, PhD, Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, is awarded the Medical School's first Nobel Prize. Dr. Mello shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Andrew Fire, PhD, of Stanford University, for their discoveries related to RNA interference.
2007: Michael F. Collins, MD, is named chancellor and Terence R. Flotte, MD, is named dean of the School of Medicine.  
2009: Groundbreaking for the Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility slated for completion in 2012.
2010: Ambulatory Care Center opens
2012: The Albert Sherman Center, a 500,000-square-foot research and education facility, completed and opens

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