Date Posted: Jan 9, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Location: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Dr. Kundra’s group works on in vivo imaging of delivered genes for clinical translation, in vivo imaging of delivered cells, drug delivery and response, imagable models of cancer and nanoparticles. The position is focused on understanding the biology of and in vivo imaging of delivered cells. Expertise in viral and non-viral vectors is needed. Basic, translational and clinical studies are pursued with an eye towards eventually improving patient care. Techniques run from molecular biology to in vivo imaging. In addition to his basic and translational laboratory in Cancer Systems Imaging, the group has access to state of the art small animal imaging instrumentation and multiple core facilities. Dr. Kundra also performs clinical radiology and clinical research which augment the laboratory and vice versa.
The department of Cancer Systems Imaging (CSI) is one of the largest new programs at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center within the Division of Diagnostic Imaging. The goal of this department and its research program is to develop new methodologies to visualize the cellular, biochemical, and genetic processes that contribute to the development and progression of cancer and cancer-related morbidity, and to translate these discoveries into the clinic.
Postdoctoral Position: There is an immediate opening for a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in molecular biology, particularly with viral delivery vectors such as lentivirus and retrovirus, and in stem/immune-cell biology. Expertise in lymphocyte biology, particularly for adoptive T-cell therapy is needed. Expertise in stem cell biology is a plus. The fellow would work directly under Dr. Vikas Kundra, Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and in the Department of Cancer Systems Imaging, and would utilize molecular biology, biochemistry, imaging, and chemistry to understand, characterize and manipulate biological systems focused on cellular therapy. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in biology/molecular biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, biophysics or equivalent from an accredited institution of higher learning with a solid publication record. Background or interest in radiochemistry and nanoparticles would be an advantage. The position will require use of radioactivity and animal models. Experience in molecular biology, T-cell biology, viral/non-viral vector and delivery systems, and cell culture techniques as well as animal models for immunology and cancer would be advantageous for this multidisciplinary position. This is a one-year position but has the potential of being extended. If interested, please submit a CV and 2 references to Antionette Newhuis via email: ASNewhuis@mdanderson.org.
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