A position is immediately available for an enthusiastic Graduate Research Assistant (PhD student) candidate who is interested in working on mosquitoes and human-pathogenic, mosquito-borne viruses (dengue, Zika, chikungunya) in the laboratory of Dr. Alexander Franz, Dept. of Veterinary Pathobiology at the University of Missouri (vpbio.missouri.edu).
The overall research theme focuses on the molecular and biochemical characterization of arbovirus-mosquito interactions with the goal to develop novel mosquito/arbovirus control strategies. A possible research topic would focus on an emerging human-pathogenic virus and the molecular characterization / identification of its viral determinants involved in mosquito transmission. Another research topic would involve transgenic mosquito technology to study specific aspects of arbovirus transmission. Both projects involve the use of a wide range of state-of-the art molecular and biochemical methodologies.We are seeking a candidate who is highly motivated and shows genuine interest in working with mosquitoes and arboviruses. The candidate needs to be reliable and self-motivated with the ability to acquire novel skill sets. We offer thorough training in cutting-edge biological research that can pave the way for further career development in the fields of vector biology/vector-borne infectious disease research. Extramural funding for four years is avaialble to cover tuition costs and salary.
For further enquiries, please contact:
Dr. Alexander Franz
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
303 Connaway Hall
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Missouri
Columbia MO, 65211