Postdoctoral positions available:
The Galko laboratory (http://faculty.mdanderson.org/michael_galko) studies the molecular/genetic basis of tissue repair responses using novel wound healing/tissue damage assays in Drosophila larvae. Our primary interests are deciphering the molecular/genetic control of epidermal wound healing and the nociceptive (pain) sensitization that accompanies tissue damage. We combine cell biology, light and electron microscopy, and Drosophila genetics and genomics to dissect these responses. We have major grants to fund both of our ongoing projects. Multiple projects are available, depending on an applicant’s particular interests, goals, and prior expertise. Successful applicants will be highly motivated and talented junior scientists with an established graduate track record of productivity and especially creativity. Applicants less than a year from their Ph.D. degree, and who see themselves on an academic career track are preferred. Funding for two to three years is in place but longer term funding will depend on either the applicant or the lab obtaining continuing grant support.
Deadline/Start Date: Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the appropriate person(s) is found. Successful applicants may start as soon as they are able.
Institution/Location: We are located in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, USA. MD Anderson is a part of the Texas Medical Center (TMC)- one of the largest patient care/biomedical research centers in the world. Research facilities are state of the art and there is a vibrant local Drosophila community (over 20 labs) spread among various TMC institutions (Baylor, Rice, UT-Houston, and others). Houston has lovely winters and, as the fourth largest city in the US, is both cosmopolitan and affordable.
To apply: Send a CV (with contact information for three references) and a cover letter (no more than 2 pages) summarizing your graduate work, career goals, and the particular projects in which you are most interested. Reference letters will be requested of promising candidates. Materials may be sent by email to email@example.com.
Wu, Y., Brock, A.R., Wang, Y., Fujitani, K., Ueda, R., and Galko, M. J. (2009). A blood-borne PDGF/VEGF-like ligand initiates epidermal wound closure in Drosophila larvae. Current Biol. 19(17): 1473-1477.
Babcock, D. T., Landry, C., and Galko, M. J. (2009). Cytokine signaling mediates UV-induced nociceptive sensitization in Drosophila. Current Biol. 19(10): 799–806.
Babcock, D. T., Brock, A. R., Fish, G. S., Wang, Y., Perrin, L., Krasnow, M. A., and Galko, M. J. (2008). Circulating blood cells function as a surveillance system for damaged tissue in Drosophila larvae. PNAS. 105: 10017-10022.