Postdoctoral Fellow: Development and Cell Biology of Neurons (delta-Catenin)
We seek a creative and productive individual wishing to pursue cell/ development/ neuron biology who just completed (or will soon complete) PhD studies, and who has strong writing/ communication skills. In conjunction with a number of novel protein partners, we have revealed that delta-catenin regulates the branching and length of dendrites. To enhance the field’s understanding of how normal dendrite morphologies arise, (since undesired alterations promote central nervous system pathologies), we seek to identify the upstream and downstream pathways that are relevant to the functions of delta-catenin together with its novel protein partners. We will additionally examine the contributions of related catenin proteins and their complexes. Our laboratory uses a number of experimental systems, including primary hippocampal neurons, Xenopus embryos, and mammalian cell lines.
As one PDF, please send:
1) Cover letter including your research interests plus career objectives
2) NIH-Biosketch or CV
3) Names of three references
Graduate Student: Development and Cell Biology of Neurons (delta-Catenin)
Graduate students interested in the developmental and cellular biology of catenins are encouraged to contact Pierre McCrea (PI) as well as graduate student Ryan Baumert, who initiated our group’s work upon delta-catenin in the context of dendrite formation. In addition to our studies upon delta-catenin in neurons, we have further interests centered on additional catenin proteins and associated partners. This includes probing the networked versus independent roles of catenins in the nucleus, as well as their actions at cell-cell junctions and in the cytoplasm. Please see the McCrea Lab website.
The Texas Medical Center in Houston houses UT MDACC plus multiple other scientific institutions. The PI is a dedicated and experienced mentor, and together with collaborating labs/ departments/ programs/ centers/ cores, we provide a cutting-edge research environment. Houston boasts a diverse culture near to the Gulf Coast, and affordable living in the nation’s fourth largest city. UT MDACC offers well-regarded professional development opportunities and benefits. This is an NIH pay-scale position.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Genetics
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 1010
Houston, TX 77030
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