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Job Summary

The Kalantry Laboratory in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan Medical School is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join a group working on genetically dissecting the epigenetic basis of X-chromosome inactivation.  X-inactivation is an evolutionarily conserved process that equalizes X-linked gene expression between male and female mammals by silencing genes on one of the two X-chromosomes in females.  Once inactivated, replicated copies of the X-chromosome are maintained as inactive throughout future rounds of cell division, making X-inactivation a paradigm of epigenetic inheritance.  X-inactivation lies at the nexus of functional long non coding (lnc) RNAs and chromatin-modifying factors.  Our lab has discovered new lncRNAs and identified chromatin modifying proteins with a previously unknown function in X-inactivation.  Projects involve functionally interrogating these lncRNAs and chromatin modifiers and their relationship in causing X-inactivation via both high- and low-throughput assays in cultured stem cells and in mice.  The lab is currently comprised of five full-time scientists and has room for up to three new post-doctoral/graduate trainees. The Department of Human Genetics provides a stimulating intellectual environment with an active seminar program and opportunities to participate in advances in chromatin biology and beyond.  See our lab website ( and the Department of Human Genetics website ( for more information.


Pursue full-time research into epigenetic mechanisms underlying X-chromosome inactivation;  read deeply in the relevant scientific literature;  attend seminars and participate in joint lab meetings with other groups in Human Genetics;  prepare manuscripts for publication and present research at national meetings. 

Required Qualifications*

Ph.D. in biomedical science.  Strong intellectual commitment to understanding molecular mechanisms.  Enthusiasm for research. 

Desired Qualifications*

A background in chromatin biology and/or embryology and/or stem cell biology preferred.

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Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

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