Postdoc in Cell Biology, Edinburgh UK

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Postdoc in Cell Biology, Edinburgh UK

Postby HiroOhkura » Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:29 pm

– Postdoc opportunity in Edinburgh –

Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology

A 3-year postdoctoral position funded by The Wellcome Trust is available in the Ohkura Lab within the world leading cell research centre Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology. The project aims to investigate the molecular mechanisms of chromosome dynamics in Drosophila female meiosis using genetic, cell biological and biochemical approaches. Potential candidates should be a highly motivated individual with strong research experience and have a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant subject area. Informal enquiries should be made to Prof. Hiro Ohkura (

Hiro Ohkura
Professor of Cell Biology and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow
Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh EH9 3JR, UK

[Selected publications]
A.M. Meireles, K.H. Fisher, N. Colombié, J.G. Wakefield and H. Ohkura (2009) Wac: a new Augmin subunit
required for chromosome alignment but not for acentrosomal microtubule assembly in female meiosis. J. Cell.
Biol. 184: 777-784.

N. Colombié, C.F. Cullen, A.L. Brittle, J.K. Jang, W.C. Earnshaw, M. Carmena, K. McKim and H. Ohkura (2008)
Dual roles of Incenp crucial to the assembly of the acentrosomal metaphase spindle in female meiosis.
Development 135: 3239-3246.

O.M. Lancaster, C.F. Cullen and H. Ohkura (2007) NHK-1 phosphorylates BAF to allow karyosome formation in the
Drosophila oocyte nucleus. J. Cell Biol. 179: 817-824.

A.L. Brittle, Y. Nanba, T. Ito and H. Ohkura (2007) Concerted action of Aurora B, Polo and NHK-1 kinases in
centromere-specific histone 2A phosphorylation. Exp. Cell Res. 313: 2780-2785.

C.F. Cullen, A.L. Brittle, T. Ito and H. Ohkura (2005) The conserved kinase NHK-1 is essential for mitotic
progression and unifying acentrosomal meiotic spindles in Drosophila melanogaster. J. Cell Biol. 171: 593-602.
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