A postdoctoral position is available in the Blissard Lab at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University, for a highly motivated scientist to study virus-insect interactions in insect midgut epithelial cells and cultured cells. The project continues our prior studies using transcriptome analysis to examine viral gene expression and host responses in baculovirus-infected lepidopteran midgut cells. The studies will examine why certain baculovirus midgut infections are successful in some species, but not in others. The results are expected to contribute to a basic understanding of permissive and non-permissive virus-insect interactions in the insect gut, with particular emphasis on and relevance to tissue-specific viral gene expression and insect midgut transcriptional responses to baculovirus infection and viral pathogenesis.
Skills and background: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in molecular or cell biology, virology, genetics, insect molecular biology, or a related discipline, be self-motivated, and have excellent communication and organizational skills. Solid molecular biology skills are necessary, and basic experience with or strong interests in molecular virology and global gene expression analysis, are desirable. Experience with insect cell culture and a background and/or interests in insect immunity or physiology are also desirable. We seek a self-starter that can work independently in the design and execution of experiments, and that will work productively with collaborators. To apply, please provide a cover letter describing research experience and interests, a current CV, and names and contact information of three professional references to: Dr. Gary Blissard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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About Boyce Thompson Institute
Working from a sincere interest in issues of social justice, William Boyce Thompson founded The Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) in 1924, believing that basic plant research could lead to real societal benefit. BTI’s 15 faculty-run laboratories and greenhouse facilities are staffed by more than 110 researchers from over 40 countries. The research out of these laboratories has the potential to improve important food crops, to demystify plant and human immune systems, and to reveal alternative, sustainable sources of energy. Along with its research, BTI prioritizes environmental stewardship, and outreach to teachers, students, and community members.BTI is an independent, non-profit institution affiliated with Cornell University and located on its Ithaca campus, near the College of Veterinary Medicine on Tower Road