The MDI Biological Laboratory seeks a highly motivated research assistant to work in the laboratory of Assistant Professor, Vicki Losick.
The Losick Lab studies the cell and molecular mechanism of wound repair using the fruit fly, Drosophila, as a model. The lab has found that healing is not a one-size-fits-all process. While the typical wound healing response relies on cell division to regenerate the cells that are lost by injury, aging, or disease. Cells can also be replaced by stimulating existing cells to grow in size by becoming polyploid. A polyploid cell is a cell that has more than diploid copy of its chromosomes. As a result, polyploid cells can grow to be many orders of magnitude larger than their diploid cell counterparts. Polyploid cells are ubiquitous in insects and plants, but are also required for the development of many tissues in our body. The Losick Lab is currently studying the molecular mechanisms regulating wound-induced polyploidization in fruit flies in order to understand how to generate these extra-large cells to improve our bodies ability to heal.
Principal Responsibilities (% of time indicated for each responsibility):
(75%) Perform basic cell, genetic, and molecular biology experiments in Drosophila, including immunofluorescence and gene expression analysis. Maintain precise records of work, attend and participate in laboratory meetings, and work efficiently and cooperatively with a team of researchers in support of lab’s goals and projects.
(25%) Conduct general laboratory management duties including: maintenance of Drosophila lines, ordering laboratory reagents, make sterile solutions, and help to maintain the laboratory.
• Bachelor of Science/Art degree in Biology or related field
• Familiarity with underlying scientific principles
• Ability to draft accurate scientific reports
• Strong enthusiasm for developing new skills and expertise
• Previous experience working with Drosophila is not required, but a plus
Application Deadline: Open until filled
This is a full-time, non-exempt position with benefits.
The MDI Biological Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity Employer.