Research Assistant / PRK1
Carver College of Medicine - Department of Microbiology and Immunology
BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY
Conduct research focused on evaluating the efficacy of antivirals and therapeutics in cell culture and animal models
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Perform studies with influenza viruses in BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories. Training will be provided to perform work in BSL3 laboratory.
• Maintain cell lines by feeding, splitting/passaging, and cryopreservation/storage.
• Perform infection in cell lines and assess viral titers by plaque assay. Evaluate the efficacy of therapeutics to inhibit viral replication.
• Perform mouse experiment in Biosafety Level 2 and Biosafety Level 3 with infectious agent; Training will be provided for handling mice in BSL2 and BSL3.
• Perform routine experimental procedures in the animal models, observe for signs of phenotype, illness, injury or stress. Execute basic medical treatments of the mice, including the administration of drugs.
• Harvest mouse tissue including dissecting brain, blood, and other organs as needed and perform viral titration
• Collect and track data in an organized and logical manner, keep data records up to date, perform data entry for reports and maintain records of methods used.
• Provide compiled results/data on a weekly basis for distribution to collaborator/contracting agency
Collaboration and Embracing Diversity Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Positive Impact/Achieving Results Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.
Service Excellence/Customer Focus Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.
Supervision is received from Dr. Balaji Manicassamy
Functional supervision may be exercised over Undergraduate Student Research Assistants and other assigned research personnel.
A Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Cell biology, or Biology, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
A minimum of 1 year of experience working in a microbiology or cell biology laboratory or a related field.
Experience in mammalian cell culture and sterile techniques.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, and interpersonal relationship skills
Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, Power point and Prism softwares.
Ability to work independently while being reliable and efficient with time management
Experience in handling mice
Experience in fluorescent microscopy and flow cytometry techniques