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Our research aims to restore sight to the blind using regenerative approaches.  We seek a recent PhD that is highly motivated, bright and creative to join our group and to help further characterize mechanisms underlying retina regeneration in zebrafish and mice. We are using RNAseq, CRISPR/Cas9, transgenic and other molecular and cellular approaches to identify the mechanisms by which zebrafish regenerate a damaged retina.  Signal transduction pathways and gene expression programs that drive retina regeneration in fish will be discovered and characterized.  Factors stimulating retina regeneration in fish will be applied to mice to determine if retina regeneration can be stimulated in a mammalian model. Research Fellows are expected to work independently and in teams; design and implement new research strategies; collect and analyze data; write research manuscripts for publication; and apply for funding.

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.

Required Qualifications*

  • Recent Ph.D. in neuroscience or related biological discipline.
  • Previous research experience using zebrafish and retina model systems. 
  • Multiple publications in high quality journals demonstrating research experience and productivity.
  • Proficient in the techniques of molecular and cellular biology.   

Desired Qualifications*

  • Strong communication and writing skills.
  • Can-do attitude.
  • Previous research studying retina regeneration and stem cells. 
  • Experience using advance microscopy techniques and high throughput approaches to studying gene expression like RNAseq, scRNAseq, and ATACseq. 

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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.

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