Altindis Lab at Boston College Biology Department is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow who is interested in studying the role of viral hormones, in particular, viral insulin/IGF-1 like peptides in host-pathogen interactions. The focus of Altindis Lab is to understand the role of microbial mimicry mechanisms in human diseases and characterize these factors to further our understanding of their role in human disease. We recently discovered the presence of viral hormones, in particular, viral insulin/IGF-1 like peptides (VILPs)*. We showed that viral insulins can bind both human insulin and IGF-1 receptors, stimulate post-receptor signaling. VILPs can also stimulate in vivo and in vitro glucose uptake. We seek a productive and independent postdoctoral fellow to join us working on this project.
Highly desired:Experience with bioinformatics (R)
Experience with genomics, library preparation, and RNAseq
Experience with virome research is highly desired
Experience with the phage display method
Experience with insulin, FGF or endothelin biology
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow Minimum Full Time Equivalent Stipend: $48,432.
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Experience with dsDNA viruses and gene knock outs is essential.