Postdoctoral Associates

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Amar Annamalai
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Postdoctoral Associates


The Cell Death and Survival Networks Program of Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute located in La Jolla, CA, is recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow to study cancer cell biology and tumor metabolism.

The Commisso Lab ( is focused on biological discoveries that have the potential to lead to novel therapeutic strategies for cancer. Of particular interest to our laboratory are Ras-driven cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, which are extremely aggressive and are in urgent need of new and innovative therapies. The biological process that we study in the lab is called macropinocytosis, a fluid-phase form of bulk endocytic uptake, which we have linked to cancer cell metabolism in Ras-mutated tumors.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our research team. The successful candidate will be an active participant in a vibrant, collaborative atmosphere. The candidate will design and implement experiments using a variety of techniques such as cell culture, cell biology, molecular biology, and animal tumor models to help understand cancer cell metabolic dependencies at the molecular level. The main goal is to identify and develop novel therapeutic targets and to discover therapeutic agents to treat Ras-driven cancers.


Experimental bench science is an essential requirement, as well as the ability to present and discuss data. A research background in cancer biology, cell biology, biochemistry or developmental biology is preferred and prior experience with mouse models, cell signaling, and/or microscopy would be an asset.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree and demonstrate the ability to successfully spearhead a research project.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and a CV. The last page of the CV should include the contact information (e-mail address and phone number) for three references. The PDF files should be emailed to Dr. Cosimo Commisso at

Positions are available starting immediately. Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute offers generous benefits as an important part of our total rewards package designed to support the physical, emotional and financial health and well-being of our diverse workforce. Competitive salary will be offered and determined by the successful candidate's skills and qualifications.