Two postdoctoral positions are available immediately in the laboratory of Kaustabh Ghosh, Ph.D. in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). With funding from the NEI/NIH and BrightFocus Foundation and an innovative interdisciplinary approach, the Ghosh Research Group is committed to developing new treatments for diabetic retinopathy and chronic vascular dysfunction associated with aging.
Environment: UCR is one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system that is renowned for pioneering research in biomedical sciences. State‐of‐the‐art facilities for proteomics, genomics, imaging, flow cytometry, and micromechanical measurements are all available on campus. Further, the close proximity of UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope, and Loma Linda Medical School, which are all located within driving distance from UCR, offer numerous opportunities for close collaborations with renowned scientists in diabetes, inflammation, and vascular biology. The campus is also within easy driving distance of dozens of major cultural and recreational sites, as well as coastal, mountain, and desert destinations.
Job Description: The first position will focus on diabetic retinopathy (DR), a potentially‐blinding inflammatory eye disease that affects ~40% of all people with diabetes. This project will build on the recent discovery by Ghosh Research Group that diabetes leads to stiffening of retinal vessels that, in turn, contributes actively to retinal inflammation associated with early DR. To drive this innovative research forward, we are looking for a highly motivated individual to perform interdisciplinary research involving mouse and cell culture models of retinal vascular inflammation, and principles and techniques related to vascular biology, inflammation, mechanobiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology.
The second position will focus on inflammation‐mediated vascular dysfunction associated with age‐related macular degeneration (AMD) and atherosclerosis, conditions that commonly affect the global aging population. This project will build on our recent discovery that aging leads to an increase in vascular stiffness that, in turn, enhances vascular sensitivity to complement injury and inflammatory cytokines, key risk factors for the aforementioned complications. To drive this research forward, we are looking for a highly motivated individual to perform interdisciplinary research involving animal and cell culture models of vascular inflammation, and principles and techniques related to vascular biology, mechanobiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology.
Individuals who are interested in pursuing high‐risk, high‐reward research are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to work independently, yet collaborate with researchers with diverse expertise.
Salary will be based on University guidelines for postdoctoral fellows, and will be commensurate with experience.
For details regarding position requirements and application process, please visit the following link: http://www.ghoshgroup.bioeng.ucr.edu/open-position.html