A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Sophie Astrof at Thomas Jefferson University to study roles of cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) interactions in cardiovascular development and congenital heart disease. We have recently discovered that progenitors within the second heart field (SHF) give rise to endothelial cells composing pharyngeal arch arteries. Projects in the lab focus on the role of ECM in regulating the development of SHF-derived progenitors into endothelial cells and their morphogenesis into blood vessels. The successful candidate will combine genetic manipulation, embryology, cell biology, and confocal imaging to study molecular mechanisms by which cell-ECM interactions and tissue microenvironment regulate cardiovascular development.
Astrof laboratory is a part of a modern and well-equipped Center for Translational Medicine at Jefferson Medical College (http://www.jefferson.edu/university/research/researcher/researcher-faculty/astrof-laboratory.html) located in the heart of Philadelphia.
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