Research Associate/Postdoctoral Fellow positions at Harvard Medical School

Scholarship: Fully-funded
Degree:  PhD or MD/PhD
Nationality: International Students
Location: USA
Application deadlines:  Open

Scholarship Description:

The Respiratory Functional Genomics Laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School aims to determine the function of genes identified by genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in respiratory diseases, including asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) through integrative biology approaches. The primary goal of our research is to annotate the non-coding GWAS variants to the disease genes through inter-disciplinary collaborations and characterize function of these novel diseases’ genes in vitro cell models and ex vivo lung organoid models as well as in vivo disease-relevant mouse models. We are interested in how these novel GWAS genes participate in lung injury/repair process, modulate lipid and glucose metabolism and determine innate immune response in airway and alveolar epithelial cells as well as in mesenchymal niche cells through intrinsically signaling and cross-cell communications. Through a series of integrative and cross-functional work, we aim to identify novel pathways contributing disease susceptibility and progression as novel drug targets for treatments in patients with pulmonary conditions.

Available Subjects:

  • Gene regulation, CRISPR editing, chromatin interaction, epithelial biology, organoid models, cellular metabolism and/or mouse models as well as strong motivation to work in a dynamic and challenging research area are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Molecular biology and NGS data analysis.

Eligibility criteria:

1) Ph.D. with at least three years of post-doctoral experience or MS degree with at least five years of experience in scientific field of research 

2) Experience in molecular genomics and chromatin interaction techniques such as HiChIP, 4C, MPRA, CRISPR, ATAC-Seq, and single cell RNA-seq is highly desirable. 

3) Ability to analyze and interpret experiment data is required.

Application Procedure:

Please submit inquires and applications including CV, the names of three references, and a cover letter to Dr. Zhou, Associate Professor in Medicine, Director of the Functional Genomics Laboratory: 

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