University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 

Postdoctoral Position

A postdoctoral position is now available in Professor Yunfeng Chen's lab at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch.  The position is focused on vascular biology, single-molecule and single-cell mechanobiology, and bioengineering.

About the Chen Lab:

Research in the Chen lab aims to apply mechanobiology and bioengineering to 1) the mechanistic study of vascular diseases like thrombosis, atheroscelerosis and metastasis, and 2) the development of mechanobiology-inspired therapeutics and diagnostic tools abiding the emerging concept of ‘mechano-medicine’. Specifically, the lab will study how mechanical force regulates the adhesion, signaling and activation of platelets, endothelial cells, neutrophils and cancer cells, etc., investigate why mechanobiological defects of cells and molecules could lead to severe pathological outcomes, and design therapeutic strategies to "fix" such defects.

An important focus of the Chen lab’s future research will be to understand the high risk of thrombotic events in COVID-19 patients, which will be in collaboration with the Galveston National Laboratory and UTMB Health system.

About the Institute:

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB: https://www.utmb.edu/) is a leading academic health science center located in Galveston, Texas. With the Galveston National Laboratory located inside UTMB, it has extremely strong expertise in pharmacology and disease pathology. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (https://www.utmb.edu/bmb/home) is rapidly emerging in mechanobiology with the recent hiring of several world-leading scientists of the field.

Professor Chen has a joint affiliation with the Department of Pathology and the Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics (https://scsb.utmb.edu/), which respectively provide access to rich clinical resources (e.g., blood samples from healthy donors and patients) and cutting-edge major facilities like cryo-electron microscopy, NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography and solution biophysics instruments.

Applicants should have a PhD and/or an MD. Priority will be given to candidates with following qualifications: (1) strong interests in vascular biology and/or mechanobiology; (2) background in one or more of the following: microfluidics and biochips, cell/molecular biology, hematology and vascular biology, biophysics or force spectroscopy, or animal handling/surgery; (3) have excellent communication skills and English writing skills; (4) have passion, dedication and self-discipline in research.

If interested, please send cover letter and CV to [email protected].