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Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Who We Are

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow interested in joining our laboratory studying mechanisms underlying obesity-induced inflammation and its effects on adipose tissue biology.  Our research lab is focused on understanding sex differences in obesity induced myelopoiesis and how obesity induced inflammation relates to human disease. We use both animal models and evaluations of human blood samples to understand the phenotype of inflammatory responses in obesity and metabolic disease. Active project areas include studies on the interplay of sex hormones and high fat diets on immune responses, secondary immune responses in obesity, mechanisms for myelopoiesis in obesity, and biomarker identification for obesity-induced complications.  We currently have a need for a post-doctoral fellow interested in the interplay of sex hormones and high fat diets on immune responses and secondary immune responses in obesity. 


The candidate will be expected to perform the following critical functions and techniques:

  • Design and conduct experiments to determine the molecular mechanisms involved in the interplay of sex hormones and exposure to high fat diet on immune responses.  Experiments will include designing and conducting studies, metabolic testing, flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry, RNA isolation and RT-PCR, cell culture studies, and infection assays.
  • Have basic responsibilities including general laboratory duties (dishwashing, labeling, preparation of solutions), animal colony management, data collection including maintenance of samples, analysis (graphing and statistics), quality control, and involvement in manuscript/grant preparation. 
  • Work well independently and as a member of a highly collaborative team with undergraduate students, graduate students, fellows and other post-doctoral students.
  • Maintain detailed and organized research notes, write research manuscripts and grant proposals.
  • Be actively engaged in collaborative studies which the Singer Lab is engaged in with other laboratories across the University of Michigan.

Required Qualifications*

  • An M.D. or Ph.D. in physiology, molecular biology, immunology or related biological science discipline
  • Recent experience and publications in metabolism, immunology or physiology
  • Specific skills in mouse handling, metabolic studies and immunology assays (flow cytometry, flow sorting, cell culture)
  • Excellent communication skills (writing and speaking)

The applicant will be expected to work as part of a multi-disciplinary, highly collaborative research team that interacts with other laboratories across the University of Michigan.


Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Contact Information

Qualified candidates are welcome to contact the principal investigator:

Kanakadurga Singer M.D. (

[Important to note: candidates will still need to apply to this posting in order to be considered for hire by the University]

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.