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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Neuromuscular Development and Toxicology

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Matthew D. Rand, Ph.D., in the Department of Environmental Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine. Research projects focus on characterizing mechanisms by which methylmercury (MeHg), a legacy environmental neurotoxicant, disrupts myogenesis, muscle differentiation and neuromuscular development.  Our studies contribute to understanding the risks posed by early life and chronic MeHg exposure that comes with eating fish. Projects are multidiscipline and translational integrating both the Drosophila and mouse models. We are expanding upon a genome wide association screen, which has identified myogenic genes and the Notch signaling pathway as MeHg targets during development (Montgomery et al, PLoS ONE. 2014; Prince and Rand, Frontiers in Genetics. 2018). Opportunities for training in a wide range of laboratory methodologies are available.  The Rand Lab is an active member of the U of R Environmental Health Science Center (EHSC), which is in its 30th year of continuous funding by the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS).

Priority will be given to energetic and motivated candidates who have a strong background in molecular techniques, first hand experience with mouse and/or Drosophila handling and tissue preparation for protein, gene expression and immunohistochemistry. Fellowship support within the NIEHS Environmental Science Training Grant will require U.S. citizenship or green card status. Candidates should forward an electronic version of: 1) Cover Letter, 2) a C.V. including a short statement of research interests, career goals and citizenship/green card status and 3) contacts for three references to:

Matthew D. Rand, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry​
Dep't. of Environmental Medicine, Box EHSC
Room 2-6820
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY  14620

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