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Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Maryland Baltimore
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An NIH funded position is available to investigate the molecular genetics of secreted proteins that have been implicated in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) using the premier invertebrate model organism, C. elegans.  AMD is a neurodegenerative retinal disease that is the leading cause of blindness among the elderly. Specific investigations will identify secreted proteins that interact with sensory neuron cell surfaces and the role these interactions play on neuron structure and function during aging. Techniques include forward and reverse genetic screens, construction of transgenic animals, advanced microscopy,  and a large variety of molecular techniques for genetic manipulations including CRISPR-Cas9 targeted mutagenesis (see  Acker et al. (2021) A complement factor H homolog, heparan sulfation, and syndecan maintain inversin compartment boundaries in C. elegans cilia. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 118:e2016698118. doi:10.1073/pnas.2016698118.PMID: 33859044


Successful candidates will have, at a minimum, a recent Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Molecular Genetics or a related biomedical field, demonstration of success in publication and presentation, and familiarity with some of the techniques utilized by the lab. Experience with C. elegans  as a model system is helpful but not essential.

Please send letter of interest, your contact information, CV, and the names and email addresses of 2-3 references to:

Bruce E. Vogel, PhD

Center for Biomedical Engineering and Technology

University of Maryland

111 Penn St., Room 307B

Baltimore, MD 21201

[email protected]


Job: Postdoctoral Fellows
Organization: School of Medicine - Centers/Programs/ORCs
Job Posting: Jul 20, 2021


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