A postdoctoral position is now available in the laboratory of Dr Wen-Xing Ding at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC).

Scholarship: Fully funded
Degree:  PhD
Nationality: International Students
Location: USA
Application deadlines: Open

Scholarship Description:

The Ding lab studies the mechanisms of autophagy and organelle homeostasis (focusing on lysosome, mitochondria and ER) in lipid metabolism in tissue injury (liver, adipose, pancreas and brain) and tumourigenesis. The lab has extensive expertise in organelle biology using unique mouse models in addition to primary cell culture. The lab has established several engineered mouse models of autophagy, mitochondrial dynamics and lysosomal function to study alcohol- and diet-induced fatty liver disease, drug-induced liver injury and liver cancer. The Ding lab is a friendly, training-oriented environment and has been very productive. Recent publications from the lab include: Gastroenterology 2018 (PMC6120772); Journal of Hepatology 2016 (PMC4143992); 2022a (PMC9449865); 2022b (PMC8858859); Hepatology 2023 (PMID: 35698731); Nature Communications 2022 (PMC9240011); Autophagy 2022 (PMC9298442). The full publication list of the Ding lab can be found at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=ding+wen-xing&sort=date

Dr Ding is a recognised expert in the field of autophagy and liver diseases. Dr Ding is Section Editor of Autophagy, Associate Editor of Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B; Associate Editor of Cell & Biosciences, and Editorial Board Member of Hepatology, Hepatology Communications, Am J Pathology, etc.

Dr Ding is a recipient of Live Scholar from AASLD (American Association of Studies of Liver Disease), Leading Edge in Basic Science Award from Society of Toxicology, Chancellor Club Research Award, NIH MERIT award etc. His trainees have also won numerous national and institutional awards and 4 of them are running their independent laboratories.

 Available Subjects:

  • Molecular biology, cellular imaging and animal experimentation.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Preference will be given to motivated, independent PhD candidates with a strong technical background in molecular biology, cellular imaging and animal experimentation.
  • This position is renewable based on productivity and interest.
  • KUMC offers a competitive NIH level salary with standard benefits.
  • Kansas City is a very vibrant Midwestern city with great sports and barbecue and a very affordable cost of living.

Application Procedure:

  • Applicants should submit their CV with three letters of reference and a brief description of their current research and future goals to Dr Wen-Xing Ding in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Therapeutics. E-mail address: [email protected]. For more details on laboratory research, please visit: http://www.kumc.edu/school-of-medicine/pharmacology-toxicology-and-therapeutics/faculty/tenured-and-tenure-track-faculty/wen-xing-ding-phd.html.