Two postdoctoral fellow positions are open in the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology at the McGovern Medical School of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth). Successful candidates will work at the center of the world’s largest network of academic and medical institutions performing biomedical research, within the Texas Medical Center.
The Wenzel lab is seeking postdoctoral researchers to conduct highly interdisciplinary research in the area of mechanobiology. Studies focus on biomechanical force as a determinant of cellular fate and function. Our research group applies principles of signal transduction, stem cell biology, hematology, immunology, genetics, bioenergetics, biomaterials, and microfabrication to understand how biophysical cues in the microenvironment impact stem cell function and cancer cell behavior. We are especially interested in the role of fluid shear stress in activation of cellular signaling and utilize animal models and microfluidics for modeling vascular flow.
Potential projects include:
1) Force-based engineering of hematopoietic stem cell metabolism and fate
2) Modification of mechanosensitive signaling to prevent cancer metastasis
Letter summarizing why our lab is a good fit for you
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Applicants must: • Hold a Ph.D. in bioengineering, molecular genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, immunology, or a related discipline • Be proficient in mammalian tissue culture techniques • Have experience with genetics, cloning, and/or virus production • Exhibit strong communication and writing skills, with a track record of research productivity • Be able to develop proficiency with fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, and Seahorse assays
About University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
McGovern Medical School is part of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth). Over 49 institutions are densely distributed across the Texas Medical Center, including UTHealth, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, Houston Methodist, University of Houston, Texas A&M, and Texas Children’s Hospital.