A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the laboratory of Zizhen Kang Ph.D. in the Department of Pathology, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Our laboratory is interested in the immunobiology of LRRK2 gene, specifically its innate immune function in inflammasome activation, autophagy and host defense. By using genetically modified animal models and cutting-edge technology, we aim to reveal the underlying mechanisms of LRRK2-mediated signaling in health and disease, thus opening new avenues of therapy for LRRK2-associated diseases such as infectious disease, inflammatory bowel disease and Parkinson's disease etc. Applicants should have a strong background in molecular biology and biochemistry, as well as experience in animal models and immunology. The selected candidate will be expected to work independently while interacting in a collaborative environment.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.