The Israelow lab (https://medicine.yale.edu/profile/benjamin_goldman-israelow/) is seeking a motivated postdoc interested in studying mucosal immunity to and mucosal vaccines for respiratory pathogens.
The Israelow lab has recently opened in the Department of Internal Medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases at the Yale School of Medicine. We study mucosal adaptive immune responses within the respiratory track to infections, and how to combat pathogens with novel mucosal vaccination strategies. We use immunology, vaccinology, molecular virology, mRNA vaccines, and animal models of infection and disease in the BSL2 and BSL3 labs. We are interested in identifying the signals that promote lasting and potent immune memory within the respiratory tract, and we will leverage this knowledge to develop the next generation of respiratory mucosal vaccines that better prevent disease and pathogen transmission.
Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in immunology, vaccinology, or microbiology, with hands-on experience with flowcytometry and animal handling. Experience with cloning and protein purification is a plus. Candidates should be highly organized, self-motivated, hard-working, and reliable, with good interpersonal and communication skills. Candidates must have good attention to detail and problem-solving skills and be able to perform both independently as well as in a team setting. We prioritize mentorship, including frequent formal and informal meetings with the PI, the substance of which will be guided by professional and scientific goals.
Projects include but are not limited to: (1) Developing next-generation respiratory mucosal vaccines, (2) Exploring the role of innate cytokines in directing adaptive mucosal immune responses to respiratory viruses including SARS-CoV-2 and influenza, (3) Improving pan-coronavirus mucosal vaccines, and (4) Understanding how adaptive immunity controls respiratory virus transmission.
Interested candidates should email Benjamin Goldman-Israelow (firstname.lastname@example.org) a cover letter that briefly describes their research/scientific background and interest in the position; their CV; and 3 references.