We are seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Jaeyeon Kim, an Assistant Professor, in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Melvin & Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Kim studies the molecular mechanisms underlying the development and progression of ovarian and breast cancer with genetically engineered mouse models: particularly high-grade serous carcinoma (HGSC)—the most common, deadliest human ovarian cancer―and triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Though originated in disparate tissues, HGSC and TNBC are genomically similar, suggesting a similar mechanism of development. Previous research under review shows that ovarian hormones are crucial endogenous factors inducing metastatic HGSC in mice, and targeting steroid hormone signaling prevents metastatic HGSC. Hence, the primary focus of the current research is to determine whether these ovarian hormones are also critical to TNBC development using genetically engineered mouse models of breast cancer. In addition, we also investigate whether targeting steroid hormone signaling prevent the recurrence of ovarian and breast cancer. Finally, we study the role of microRNAs in the development of HGSC using mouse models lacking Dicer1 or Drosha.
At the IU School of Medicine, we offer focused, systematic and sustained programs that are aligned with three foundational pillars of diversity and inclusion: representational diversity, inclusive working and learning environment, and cultural competence. Therefore, we are looking for applicants who can help ensure all our mission areas are inclusive and equitable.
Research experience with mice or mouse models―accompanied by molecular biology skills, including PCR, QPCR, western blot, cloning, cell culture, and flow cytometry―would be desirable, though not required. Candidates for the postdoctoral position should have, or are expected to receive, a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in biological or biomedical sciences. Also anticipated are motivation and commitment to research and science with the ability to work independently.
In addition to the research skills and work ethic, what is equally important is community mindedness: that is, willingness to learn and also work collaboratively and harmoniously with other researchers and the principal investigator (PI) in the laboratory. The laboratory will offer a highly interactive, intellectually stimulating yet relaxed research and academic environment. Also, the PI will help promote the career development of researchers in the laboratory. As part of these efforts, besides research training, mentoring and training will also be offered in learning how to write and present their research and science effectively and competitively.
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OAA #: IUSM009182016
Internal Number: 9935
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