The Wylie lab studies host-microbiome interactions during pregnancy, with particular emphasis on viruses. We recently found that higher eukaryotic viral diversity throughout pregnancy is associated with preterm birth (Wylie KM, et al. Am J Obstet Gynecol, PMID: 29738749). The viruses detected included herpesviruses, papillomaviruses, and others. Our goals are to understand viral dynamics during pregnancy and to determine the mechanisms underlying the association between viral diversity and preterm birth. We are looking for an enthusiastic postdoctoral research associate to carry out in vitro cell culture and mouse model experiments to study viral dynamics and maternal responses to herpesviruses and papillomaviruses during pregnancy.
Candidates should have experience in microbiology/virology, cell culture, mouse models of infection, and molecular biology. In addition, candidates should have strong research skills, have effective oral and written communication skills, be highly motivated and creative, and be able to work both independently and within a team. While not required, experience with in vitro papillomavirus systems or sequence data analysis would be beneficial.
To apply, please email a brief cover letter describing research experience and career goals, a CV, and the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Wylie at firstname.lastname@example.org.