Research Assistant I - Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

ID: 7057833 (Ref.No. 200377SV)
Posted: June 14, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

A full-time Research Assistant I position is available immediately in the Mitsiades lab at Baylor College of Medicine.

Environment and opportunities: The Mitsiades lab ( works on cutting edge projects searching for new treatments for prostate and breast cancer by targeting steroid receptor signaling. Dr Mitsiades is a physician- scientist specialized in the treatment of endocrine malignancies and is interested in the development of novel anticancer approaches by exploring and targeting the mechanisms involved in hormonal regulation of cancer, in particular of prostate cancer by androgen, and of breast cancer by estrogen (Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013;110(17):6997-7002, PMID: 23559371; Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Dec 23;111(51):18261-6, PMID: 25489091; Cancer Res 2012;72(23):6142-52, PMID: 22971343; Cancer Res 2013;73(15):4599–605, PMID: 23887973; Cancer Res. 2014;74(19):5631- 43, PMID: 25274033; Oncogene 2016, PMID: 26364608; Oncogene 2017, PMID: 28414305). The Mitsiades lab collaborates extensively with several other research groups, both locally and nationally. The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine is a pioneer in the field of gene regulation, steroid receptors and their transcriptional coactivators, providing a rich scientific environment with many unique and unparalleled opportunities for collaborative research.

The primary purpose of the Research Assistant I will be to provide technical support in carrying out various research projects. An ideal candidate will have experience working in a lab and an overall understanding of lab functions. A part of this role will have administrative responsibilities to include placing orders and receiving shipments and organizing reagents and samples. The position requires strong independent communication and organizational skills.

Job responsibilities will include:

1) Performing laboratory work in molecular and cellular biology including but not limited to DNA preparation, PCR, Westerns, proliferation assays, and tissue culture.

2) Performing routine laboratory procedures to assist in the lab's research. Maintaining an accurate, up-to-date, organized, and legible electronic lab notebook that records all data according to methods requested.

3) Constructing, assembling, and operating laboratory apparatus and equipment. 

4) Conducting mouse experiments (breeding, genotyping, irradiation, weighing and evaluating, imaging, administering medications, performing experiments in immunocompromised mice carrying human cancer xenografts) and carrying out research projects to translate basic science discoveries towards drug development endpoints.

5) Ordering Laboratory supplies.

6) Performing common functions in laboratory. Receiving regular lab orders. Keeping the lab organized and maintaining inventory on a regular basis. 


  • Master's degree in a basic science or equivalent*.
  • No experience required with a Master's degree.
  • *NOTE: A Bachelor's degree in a basic science and two years of directly related experience is considered equivalent to a Master's degree.​



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