A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Elaine Shelton in the Division of Neonatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The Shelton lab is a translational vascular development lab in the department of Pediatrics. We are interested in understanding the molecular and genetic regulation of an essential fetal blood vessel known as the ductus arteriosus (DA). Our lab uses cell culture techniques, intact mouse vessels, myography assays, whole animal models of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), and human DA tissue samples in a three-pronged approach to better understand this unique vessel. First, we are focused on identifying genetic and molecular factors that set the DA apart from other vessels in the body in the hopes of developing novel DA-specific therapeutic regulators of vascular tone. Next, we work to identify adverse ductus-related side effects of pharmacological agents that are commonly administered to pregnant mothers or neonatal infants. Finally, we are interested in how a person’s genes affect DA function and response to medicine.
Candidates should have a recent PhD degree (or equivalent) with a background in physiology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, pharmacology, and/or molecular biology. A strong publication record is also recommended. Individuals with experience in vascular physiology, vascular pharmacology, animal studies, or ChIP-seq will be given preference. We value self-motivated, enthusiastic and collaborative team members. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter containing a summary of their prior work and a short paragraph of research interests along with a CV with information for 3 references as a single pdf.
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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology