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Mentor: Dr. Tom Harris, Department of Pediatrics

Post-Doctoral Laboratory Position in the Department of Pediatrics

Mentor: Dr. Tom Harris, MD

Associate Scientist, Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center

Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

University of Alabama at Birmingham,

Key Areas of Expertise: Cystic Fibrosis, microRNA, CFTR function, TGF-beta pathobiology, preclinical models, oligotherapeutics, miRNA-Seq interpretation

Funding: NIH, CFF

A Postdoctoral Scholar position is open to study miRNA regulation of CFTR function in pediatric cystic fibrosis (CF). In this NIH-funded project, the applicant will investigate preclinical development of oligotherapeutics to improve CFTR function, with a focus on miRNA target site blockade (TSB). The successful applicant will have opportunity to develop multiple projects using cell culture and animal models in a well-equipped, multi-disciplinary laboratory with multiple collaborative opportunities. The currently funded project investigates ASO TSB to 1) Enhance F508del correction in cell lines and animal models 2) Bolster CFTR correction in human-derived organoids from low-responders to conventional therapy and 3) Augment translational readthrough of PTC mutations via ASO interruption of nonsense mediated decay.  Developing projects include investigating the role of miRNA and TGF-beta to mediate small airway remodeling in CF animal models. The Postdoctoral Scholar will design, interpret, and perform experiments that address important molecular pathways applicable to CF lung disease with direct opportunities for manuscript preparation and oral presentation at national and international meetings. Prior experience in cell and molecular biology is essential, but most importantly, the Scholar will possess a high level of self-motivation with a strong interest in the health implications of biomedical research. The successful candidate must be innovative and interested in pursuing an independent research effort upon successful completion of the fellowship. Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree required.

Applicants should submit their CV and the names and contact information of three references to:

UAB Department of Pediatrics
Attn: Tom Harris, MD
1600 7th Ave S, Lowder 620
Birmingham, Alabama 35233
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 205-721-3713, Fax: 205-638-2580

About our Postdoc Office

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.

About the University

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.

Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with over 26,000 employees and has an annual state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 14 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, exceeding $527 million in FY18, including $320 million in NIH funding for FY18. UAB ranks 31st among all universities in federal research funding and 15th among public universities. UAB's NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 20th among all universities in NIH funding and eighth among public universities. The UAB Heersink School of Medicine is ranked 21st among medical schools in NIH funding and eighth among public medical schools.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity, and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

For more information on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at UAB, visit the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion opens a new website, call (205) 934-8762, or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.

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