Postdoctoral Associate - #304681SV

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

ID: 7054678 (Ref.No. 304681SV)
Posted: December 6, 2018
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Dr. Cieslik’s laboratory is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral trainee to study changes in extracellular matrix and inflammation in the aging heart. Particularly we are investigating the role of the TGF beta pathway, extracellular matrix and immune cells in cardiac fibrosis. Our previous studies found that the aging cardiac fibroblasts produce elevated levels of collagens and other extracellular matrix proteins contributing to fibrosis, but paradoxically respond poorly to TGF-b, a major pro-fibrotic cytokine. The altered aged fibroblast phenotype also shows an increased expression of various pro-inflammatory cytokines that promote infiltration of leukocytes from blood. Infiltrating leukocytes further activate resident fibroblasts and promote increased deposition of matrix. Interventions to prevent fibrosis will be the focus of the postdoctoral trainee research.

Trainee would be expected to

Participate in literature searching.

Design and conduct experiments.

Co-author publications.

Present data in seminars and meetings.

The position is supported by an NIH grant.




Experience in handling mice.


Experience with RNA and protein extraction and detection.

Good techniques for culturing primary cells.


Background in immunology or cardiac physiology is a plus.

Good communication and writing skills.

Please send your CV, a cover letter summarizing your experience and contact information of three references.

Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.

Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.


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