The Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Atwood/Haley Laboratory of Molecular Virology. This is an NIH funded position to characterize how an endemic human polyomavirus gains access to the central nervous system to cause progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, a fatal demyelinating disease. The preferred candidate would have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline with demonstrated experience in molecular virology, cell biology and/or bioinformatics.
Recent papers from our group:
1: Atkinson AL, Atwood WJ. Fifty Years of JC Polyomavirus: A Brief Overview and Remaining Questions. Viruses. 2020 Sep 1;12(9):969. doi: 10.3390/v12090969. PMID: 32882975; PMCID: PMC7552028.
2: O'Hara BA, Morris‐Love J, Gee GV, Haley SA, Atwood WJ. JC Virus infected choroid plexus epithelial cells produce extracellular vesicles that infect glial cells independently of the virus attachment receptor. PLoS Pathog. 2020 Mar 4;16(3):e1008371. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1008371. PMID: 32130281; PMCID: PMC7075641.
3: Assetta B, Morris‐Love J, Gee GV, Atkinson AL, O'Hara BA, Maginnis MS, Haley SA, Atwood WJ. Genetic and Functional Dissection of the Role of Individual 5‐HT2 Receptors as Entry Receptors for JC Polyomavirus. Cell Rep.
2019 May 14;27(7):1960‐1966.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2019.04.067. PMID:
5: O'Hara BA, Gee GV, Atwood WJ, Haley SA. Susceptibility of Primary Human
Choroid Plexus Epithelial Cells and Meningeal Cells to Infection by JC Virus. J Virol. 2018 Mar 28;92(8):e00105‐18. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00105‐18. PMID: 29437972; PMCID: PMC5874431.
Ph.D. in Molecular Virology, Cell Biology, or other related fields
Strong organizational, communication and writing skills
Strong publication record
Ability to work independently
Experience with cell culture models of virus infection
Experience in extracellular vesicle biology
Experience using bioinformatics to profile changes in gene expression
All candidates should submit: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references. Please apply via Interfolio:
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