Postdoc position in Drosophila genetics/ Planar cell polarity at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
A postdoctoral position for an outstanding and highly motivated candidate with experience in Drosophila genetics and microscopic methods is available in the Department of Developmental and Molecular Biology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Our laboratory focuses on molecular aspects of how cells polarize with respect to the epithelial plane (http://jennylab.aecom.yu.edu/). Planar cell polarity (PCP) is a feature of a wide variety of epithelia, including the arrangement of feathers on birds, hair on mammalian skin or such elaborate structures as the cilia on inner ear sensory cells essential for hearing. PCP signaling is crucial for the development of many organs and conserved from Drosophila to ascidians and humans. Aberrant PCP signaling can lead to left/right asymmetry inversions, heart and neural tube defects and cystic kidneys. Using the genetic and biochemical tools available with Drosophila as a model system, we study how a directional signal is transmitted and interpreted by individual or groups of cells.
The candidate’s research will benefit from a lively and friendly atmosphere and a strong tradition of collaboration within the College. Albert Einstein College of Medicine is situated in the Bronx, one of the five boroughs of New York City and offers ready access to the cultural and recreational opportunities in Manhattan and the greater New York area.
Application Deadline : 30 October 2010
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