Postdoctoral Position– FAPESP

A postdoctoral position is available at the Pharmacology Department, Ribeirao Preto Medical School from the University of Sao Paulo (FMRP-USP), Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. The fellowship is funded by Sao Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP.

We are seeking applicants who are exceptionally motivated, innovative, that can work independently within a collaborative team setting. The ideal candidate must have a PhD. degree and background in the field of cell signaling. Prior experience in molecular biology with techniques such as cell culture, cell transfection, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence,  RT-PCR, Western Blot.

Please submit your complete application by 06/01/2015 (cover letter, CV and 2 recommendation letters) to Dr. Fernando Cunha: fdqcunha@fmrp.usp.br

Abstract

Inflammatory diseases are a complex and heterogeneous group of diseases that affect more than 10% of the world population. The current options for treating inflammatory diseases are still limited and in some cases ineffective due to limited understanding of their underlying mechanisms.

The Center for Research on Inflammatory Diseases (CRID) performs integrative and translational research to generate scientific knowledge and to identify new therapeutic targets for inflammatory diseases. The overall objective of the CRID is to identify, validate and target known and novel biological pathways involved in the induction and resolution of inflammation. The expected result is the development of innovative therapeutic strategies and drugs that can effectively target inflammatory diseases.

The specific goal of the Center will be to advance the pathophysiological understanding of inflammatory diseases (infectious, autoimmune and vascular atherosclerotic) to accomplish the following: recognize and understand the mechanisms involved, such as molecular (genetic and intracellular signaling), immunological (innate and specific responses), pathological and pharmacological (experimental models) mechanisms; identify new biological targets to develop pharmacological (synthetic and from natural source) and immune (antibody) therapy tools; search for possible diagnostic markers and prognostic clues; and apply this knowledge to the design and synthesis of new molecules for treating inflammatory diseases.

The post-doctoral fellow will dedicate his/her efforts to identify pathophysiological mechanisms involved in atherosclerosis.

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