Job description: Vapniarsky's regenerative biology laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to take a leading role in the generation of immunoneutral cells. The fellow will join a new laboratory within the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology. Using experimental approaches, the fellow is expected to generate immuno-universal cells and tissues in various domestic species using primary cell lines and mesenchymal stem cells. The fellow will also conduct basic immunological studies on host-implant interaction and perform mechanical and functional tissue testing using Instron, Biomomentum machines, and variety of biochemical assays. Experiments will be carried out in vitro and in vivo and will not exceed biosafety level 2.
Ongoing projects include: Cartilage regeneration and immunological aspects of host-implant interaction. Engineering of immuno-universal scaffold-free cartilage implants. Validation of skeletal stem cells in canine species.
Responsibilities: The fellow will conduct studies that address immunological aspects of tissue engineered cartilages and stem cells. The fellow will write manuscripts, grants, contribute to grant development, present their original research work at local, national, and international meetings. The fellow will help instructing graduate and undergraduate students and work as a part of the VAP LAB team to advance the mission of the entire group.
Required qualifications: PhD or equivalent in molecular biology, immunology, and/or tissue engineering. The incumbent should be proficient with gene editing preferably using CRISPR/Cas 9 system and all assays related to gene editing, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, ELISA, basic cell culture techniques, and statistical methods. The fellow will work in diverse, multicultural environment and should possess excellent communication and writing skills.
Preferred qualifications: Knowledge and understanding of tissue engineering, mechanical testing of tissues, and proficiency with MATLAB are desired but not obligatory. Experience or familiarity working with live animals would be a plus.
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