Essential Functions: The Department of Ophthalmology at WSU is ranked No. 11 in all ophthalmology departments in the United States by the Blue Ridge Institute of Medical Research! This position will be involved in a NIH-funded project to study the roles of microRNAs in resident innate immune cells in the cornea and retina in eye diseases, including bacterial keratitis and retinal degenerative diseases through regulation on innate and adaptive immunity and neuroimmune interactions using transgenic mouse models and human corneal samples. The project also will explore the potential of miRNAs as therapeutic targets and develop miRNA-based therapy for related ocular diseases. The research will be conducted with comprehensive genetic, cellular and molecular biology and immunological techniques, including flow cytometry, cell sorting, cell culture, gene expression profiling by real time PCR, RNA seq, single cell seq, and immunohistochemistry. This position will also have opportunities to explore the roles of miRNAs in other ocular diseases, including inherited retinal degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and diabetes.
Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have a MD and/or PhD degree(s) in ocular sciences, immunology, molecular biology, molecular genetics and cell biology.
Internal Number: 76_208109
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Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.