Cell competition recognizes and eliminates abnormal cells during development and is thought to regulate aging and cancer development (Nature Rev Genet 21:683-697 2020). Our group has used genetic screens in Drosophila to identify genes involved in cell competition. This research is funded by the NIH. A PhD position is available to participate in the characterization of these genes and their roles at the molecular and cellular levels. The successful candidate will employ genetic, molecular genetic, and biochemical approaches to identify and characterize mechanisms that recognize and eliminate cells with imbalances in ribosomal proteins, and the physiological significance of cell competition in vivo. The specific experiments may include biochemical, genetic, or live imaging approaches.
An application to the PhD program in Biomedical Sciences at
Albert Einstein College of Medicine will also be required. More details are
available at https://einsteinmed.org/education/phd/prospective-students/admissions.aspx.
The deadline for online submission of all materials is December 11, 2021. Applicants interested in the project should make contact with Prof. Baker directly as soon as possible and before 28 November 2021.
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