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Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Christian Metallo

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
La Jolla, CA

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The Metallo lab aims to understand how metabolism contributes to progression of cancer and other age-related diseases. We study how alterations in carbohydrate, amino acid, and lipid metabolism across distinct organs influence cellular processes and lead to cancer, immune cell dysfunction, and neurological disorders. We apply isotope tracing and mass spectrometry-based metabolomics to cell culture, organoid, and animal models of cancer, diabetes, and neuropathy, covering a range of biochemical pathways.

A funded postdoctoral position is available for scientists and engineers interested in exploring metabolism in disease models. An emphasis is placed on cross-training within the lab, so trainees can gain expertise on technologies for manipulating biological systems and quantifying metabolic fluxes using stable isotope tracing and mass spectrometry while addressing important biological problems. Ideal candidates should be intellectually curious, organized, and prepared to formulate interesting questions. Experience with cell culture, mouse modeling, or biological chemistry preferred.


PhD or MD/PhD in Biochemistry, Engineering, Biological Sciences or a related field.

Application Instructions: 

Applicants should submit a current CV, names of three references, and an indication of the experimental direction they would like to pursue based on their reading of our recent papers.


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The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world's preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused on both discovery and mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines.

Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, M.D., the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.

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