Postdoctoral Associates in Cardiac Stem Cell Research

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Postdoctoral Associates in Cardiac Stem Cell Research

Another one at Duke! If you are coming to check out the lab, this is the best time to visit.
 
Department Name: Biomedical Engineering

Position: Postdoctoral Associates in Cardiac Stem Cell Research

Description: NIH funded postdoctoral positions available immediately in the areas of basic stem cell research and tissue engineering. The projects involve studies of the mechanisms of differentiation of embryonic and adult stem cells in the cells of cardiovascular lineage and application of this knowledge to engineering of a functional cardiac tissue patch for implantation therapies. The projects will involve design of lentiviral vectors and use of genetic and electrophysiological strategies to enhance the efficiency of cardiac differentiation from stem cells. Functional tests will include optical mapping of action potentials and intracellular calciu m transients and measurements of viscoelastic and contractile properties of stem cell derived tissue patches. The implantation of cardiac tissue patch in the small animal models of myocardial infarction will also be performed.

Requirements: The candidate should have PhD orMD/PhD in molecular, cell or developmental biology, bioengineerig, or other relevant areas of biomedical sciences. The ideal candidate should have excellent communication and writing skills, be self-motivated, independent and critical thinker, and possess strong training in areas of molecular biology and particularly lentivirus design, as well as experience in immunohistochemistry, stem and primary cell culture, and use of different biochemical techniques. Understanding of cardiac tissue physiology is not necessary but is desirable.

Additional Information: Some additional information about Bursac lab can be found at: http://bursaclab.bme.duke.edu/

Deadline to Apply: 5/20/09

Contact Name:   Nenad Bursac, PhD
Contact Phone:  919-660-5510
Contact Email:  nbursac@duke.edu