Manuel Ascano Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry

Assistant Professor, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Member, Programs in Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology

Office: 673C Light Hall
2215 Garland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37232-0146
Lab: 663 Light Hall
2215 Garland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37232-0146
(615) 875-8714
(615) 875-8654 (lab)

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Postdoctoral Positions Available

A postdoctoral position in RNA Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is available in my laboratory. The postdoc will be joining a new research group whose primary research interests are in understanding the post-transcriptional gene regulatory mechanisms employed by cells during periods of innate immune activation and cellular stress. My laboratory integrates traditional biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biological disciplines with modern high-throughput and bioinformatics-oriented methodologies. Available research projects focus either on the delineation and functional characterization of specific RNA-protein interaction networks or on the biochemical dissection of a newly identified nucleic acid-stimulated innate immune signaling pathway.

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the laboratory provide an outstanding environment for scientific and career development. Affiliation of the laboratory with the Department of Biochemistry and the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology will allow ample opportunities for collegiate and multi-disciplinary interactions and training. It is also anticipated that the postdoc will have opportunities to present their work at scientific conferences and publish their results in peer-reviewed journals.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, or related field. They should be creative, ambitious, and self-motivated with a core interest in solving biological problems. Excellent writing and communication skills in English are required. As part of the training process, it is expected that the postdoc will have regular meetings with me and be a critical and active participant in group journal clubs and meetings. Preference will be given to individuals with experience/proficiency in bioinformatics, computational biology or related discipline.

Interested candidates should prepare a single PDF containing a cover letter, a CV with contact information for three references, and a very brief summary (1 page) of research accomplishments and potential research interests in the Ascano laboratory. The PDF document should be emailed and addressed to

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